Disabled ‘rubbish tip’ painter helping his family make ends meet in China

Liu Shuai had to use artists materials found in garbage bins when he started creating art to help raise much-needed cash

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 April, 2015, 1:48pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 April, 2015, 2:47pm


A young man from northern China confined to a wheelchair with cerebral palsy is helping his impoverished family make ends meet by creating and selling artworks, state media reported.

Liu Shuai started about 10 years ago and at first had so little money he had to use pens, paints and paper scavenged from rubbish bins and tips by his father, China Central Television said.

His disability means he also has to use his left hand to draw and paint, even though he is naturally right handed.

His drawings and paintings have won prizes in Shijiazhuang near his home in Hubei province, the report said.

Liu, 26, creates pictures of his family and landscapes, plus images taken from Chinese history.

Some of his works have sold for several hundred yuan each.

Liu said he would continue to work to support his family as his father is now bed-ridden and seriously ill.