Juan Agudelo Has No Arms Or Legs, Draws With His Heart
11/20/2012 - 16:24 ||
Juan Agudelo has an art portfolio rich with hand drawn pieces of artwork that proves the value and strength and determination. The 20-year-old artist from Colombia was born without legs or arms, and has achieved exceptional skills despite his disability.
Born with an underdeveloped forearm and one finger, Juan started to create sketches at the age of six. Over the years, the LaGuardia Community College student has perfected his own technique for drawing still life and hopes to become an architect someday.
“Well, what’s the problem of not having legs and arms? That has nothing to do with anything," he expressed to Fox News Latino. "If you are healthy, if you have the support of all of your family members, you have the opportunity to become someone in life,” he said.
His American Dream started to come to life after he immigrated to the U.S. and was offered medical care by the non-profit organization, Healing for Children. He was fitted for prosthetic legs at the age of 9, but once he was offered the same treatment for his arms he declined.
“I don’t believe I need to have some prosthetic arms in order to perform in school or in order to do any kind of activities. That’s part of who I am,” he said. "I was born like that. I identify myself better like that.”
Now Juan is more focused than ever at continuing to achieve his dreams. “I don’t really care about my disability, it has nothing to do with me, I just have to keep moving forward and achieve my goals," he explained. "I have everything."