Slovakian standing Para Alpine skier and accomplished artist Martin France targets a podium finish at the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics on Wednesday.
“Every Paralympics I make some painting to stick on the door,” said France, who shares his room with vision impaired teammate Miroslav Haraus.
France, who was born with underdeveloped upper limbs, went on to develop a love of drawing and painting during his school days. While talking to www.paralympic.org ahead of her competition at Beijing 2022, he talked about his love and passion for art with a desire to pursue it full-time after the ongoing tournament.
“I’ve been in art for like 15 years but the last two years I started 100 per cent,” the 37-year-old said. “I sold three or four paintings last month, so it’s pretty good. I would like to do it 100 per cent after the Paralympics.
“I just bought a new house, an old house. It’s a ruin, but there is a place where I can paint.”
France draws inspiration from street art and graffiti
The Hurbanovo France draws inspiration from street art and graffiti, and particularly enjoys depicting animals like frogs, big cats and birds.
“There are different things,” he said. “Now I’m making the mask from the TV show La Casa De Papel (Money Heist) for my physio. It’s different things, what people like, but I would like to paint more animals.
“The lion is my favourite, and I like monkeys. Maybe next I will paint a monkey.”
France is competing in four disciplines at the National Alpine Skiing Centre and is eager to complete his skiing career by hanging a medal on the wall, next to his paintings.
“It is the biggest dream,” he said.
“I’m mentally stronger since my first Paralympics (Turin 2006), so the mental aspect is good and it’s the last Paralympics for me.
“If I win a medal, I will finish and if I don’t win the medal…I finish also.”