Rainbow Artist Orlando L. is an inspiring Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) survivor & an Asian-Canadian multi-media Artist from Vancouver, BC, Canada. He was born and raised in Hong Kong China. As a teenager Orlando moved to Canada with his family where he finished his high school & college education in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, & Visual Merchandising. For years he has been a respected contributor & influence in the colourful Fashion Industry until a tragic accident struck Orlando’s fashion journey and his dream of becoming a fashion designer in detour. What seemingly a harmless, accidental overdose of countertop painkillers had turned into a serious life threatening poisoning episode. The result of the intensive medical emergency is a near death experience and a devastating invisible disability — acquired brain injury. Most people cannot be saved, and if they do survive, they will live their life in coma, warned by the doctor. Miraculously, Orlando not only survived, he also did not fall into long-term coma.
After weeks of recovery, life seems to be back to normal again. But as months passed, more unfamiliar health issues continue to arise. The invisible injury was slowly affecting Orlando’s short-term & long-term memories and his ability with faces, names, locations, and numbers. He had difficulties with his speech, body awareness and energy level. He lost his ability to do planning and to get inspirations for fashion design. Overwhelmed and confused by the unfamiliar damage, Orlando realized the need of an immediate major retreat. In 1998, 2 years after the accident, his journey in the Fashion industry suddenly came to an end — an early retirement at the young age of 26.
During his rehabilitation at home, Orlando turned spiritual and learned a lot about Self, Love, the meaning of Life, and the connection between Body, Mind & Spirit/Soul. He also gained some knowledge on New Age alternative healing therapies by experiencing himself during his recovery. During a 16-week neurofeedback brain treatment in 2012, Orlando suddenly started watercolour painting out of a blue. Without any experience, training and knowledge, Orlando self taught himself by playfully exploring different possibilities and through inspirations and teachings from spiritual entities.
In less than no time, he created his own unique style in Art expression and has been highly productive living his passion as an artist, creating Art that touches people emotionally & spiritually, and bring love, light & happiness into people’s life through his artworks.
Hi, I’m Orlando. I’m an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) survivor from beautiful British Columbia Canada. After 16 years of fighting with my invisible disability, I finally transformed myself into a new artist in 2012. I […]