Sadikin Pard (57), who was born without both hands, has not let this set him back. He has instead accepted the fact that he is different and used his feet to make a name for himself as a famous painter. This man’s trip not only breaks down barriers, but it also inspires others and shows that art has no limits.
Early Years and a Love of Learning
Sadikin’s love of drawing began when he was young, in kindergarten. He went to school at YPAC Solo and learned more about art during his third term at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) Faculty of Psychology. After he graduated, he made a big move by joining the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (AMFPA). This set the stage for his future artistic work.
Borobudur International Art Festival: A Place to Get Your Point Across
Sadikin is an artist who uses his feet as carefully as other artists use their hands. He is taking part in the Borobudur International Art Fest (BIAF) 2023 workshop series at Balkondes Wanurejo. The culmination of his artistic performance will be shown at the Limanjawi Art House Borobudur.
“We learned to sing, paint, and dance in kindergarten.” The drawing class is what made me love art so much. According to Sadikin, “I joined the Association of Mouth and Foot Painters in Austria after college and have been a member ever since.” He said this while drawing at Balkondes Wanurejo Borobudur on Thursday, September 21, 2023.
Being Creative Makes Sadikin Pard Feel More Confident
Not only has Sadikin gained a stage through AMFPA, but it has also given him a lot more confidence. He is sure that having a disability doesn’t stop you from being creative; it makes you more likely to come up with new ideas.
Sadikin writes with his right foot and paints with his left foot in a very graceful way.
“I paint with my left foot and write with my right.” Painting involves being able to move around freely, so my left foot helps me get to different places more easily. Sadikin, Sutini’s husband, said, “When writing, it’s just below, on the table, with the right foot. The result is the same as with the left foot, but the difference is much better on the right.”
How Brushstrokes Changed Sadikin Pard: From Realism to Impressionism
There have been changes in Sadikin’s art style, from realism to naturalism and now to impressionism. His brushstrokes have changed over time to create a unique style. He loves the freedom that impressionism gives artists.
Changed styles to impressionism because I like it better. Sadikin, who had originally wanted to be an engineer, said, “Maybe as I get older I feel it fits me better and gives me more freedom.”
Sadikin Pard Breaking Stereotypes about Art as a Job
Sadikin doesn’t believe the idea that painters can’t make a living doing what they love. Living with his family in Sawojajar, Malang, East Java, he has not only pursued his artistic interests but also helped build a house, a pavilion, and a studio, all of which were inspired by his paintings.
“My work almost pays for everything we need for the house now.” I have three places, three floors, and a few other places from painting. The gallery was made from a picture. It has three floors and three guarantees. Sadikin said, “My kids love old cars and motorcycles, which you can see in my paintings.” He gives at least 15 paintings to AMFPA every year, showing that anyone, no matter what their physical limitations are, can make a living as an artist.