Mariam Paré is a visual artist and mouth-painter. She was born in Kenitra morocco and came to the United States with her family when she was a child. When she was a 20 year old art student, Mariam became the survivor of gun violence when she was shot and paralyzed by an unknown assailant. The injury left her a quadriplegic. The assailant was never caught or identified.
Mariam later re-trained herself to paint by holding the brushes in her mouth, and returned to finish degrees in Visual Art and Multimedia Design, continuing to develop herself as an artist and "mouth-painter".
Today Mariam Paré is prolific creative talent who is celebrated for her colorful portraits painted by mouth, and multimedia works. In addition to painting by mouth, she also creates diverse and inclusive artwork based on facets of the disability experience. She is creator of Tres Fridas Project, a highly reviewed exhibition that "re-imagines art through the disability lens". Mariam is a 3Arts Fellowship awardee, and continues to work in collaboration with University of Illinois (Chicago) Disability Culture Leadership Initiative. She is a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, and also volunteers on the Associate Board at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, helping to coordinate art exhibits for artists in the disability community.
Her work has been exhibited extensively as well as in notable private collections such as actors Pierce Brosnan, and Kathie Lee Gifford. Some of her major commissions include projects for Craig H. Nielsen Foundation, Omorose Cosmetics, LifeWTR, Refinery29, and Pepsi company.
Currently Mariam works from her home in Chicago.