Mariam Paré is a multidisciplinary artist and self-taught mouth-painter. She became a quadriplegic at age 20 after surviving an act of gun violence. She later re-trained herself to paint by holding brushes in her mouth, pursued a degree in Studio Art, and continued to develop herself as a visual artist and "mouth-painter".
Today Mariam Paré is a prolific talent celebrated for her unique painting technique, and thought-provoking multi-media works. In addition to painting by mouth, she makes artwork touching 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". She is a 3Arts Fellow and continues to work in collaboration with UIC (Chicago) Disability Culture Leadership Initiative. She is active in the disability arts community in Chicago, and member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Worldwide.
Notable commissions and private collectors include Pierce Brosnan, Kathie Lee Gifford, University of Utah Rehabilitation Hospital, Craig H. Nielsen Foundation, Omorose Cosmetics, LifeWTR, Refinery 29.