It was back in 2004, when Alex Biagi, from Denver, Colorado, was just 24-years-old when he began feeling some numbness in his fingers and his hands. Soon enough, the feeling developed into him having some trouble moving his hands as well as his wrists. It first started when he had trouble moving his middle and his ring finger apart from each other, which then led to having difficulty moving all of the fingers on his left hand. The condition also started developing in his right hand, but with a bit less severity. After some time of losing the feeling in his arms as well as his legs, on Thanksgiving Eve in 2004, he fell down a flight of stairs after his ankle gave out.
After a long period of tests, doctors’ appointments and exams, he was finally diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, which is a rare autoimmune disease that slowly paralyzes the arms and the legs of a person. This meant that soon enough, both of his hands were going to end up paralyzed. When Biagi was finally diagnosed, in 2009, he became depressed and stopped drawing, painting, playing games and playing the piano, believing that there was no use in continuing his creative work, if he lost the ability to use both of his hands.
However, this brave, now 28-year-old has once again picked up painting, but this time - with his mouth to paint the canvas.
Biagi was once again inspired after his mother received a calendar filled with paintings that were done by mouth painters. He was so impressed, he started looking up videos of other works of mouth painters, and decided to give it a shot. At first, he found it a bit difficult, because he had to learn how to navigate the brush in order to paint all the right angles from scratch. But then he started sharing some of his new works on his social media profiles, and people loved it!
Nowadays, he spends around a month working away on each painting that he does, which he also shares on his Instagram account, now filled with scenic landscapes. Two years ago, he also underwent a stem cell transplant, which allows him to walk about a mile with the help of braces.