When Martin Vogel was born, God with his infinite wisdom blessed him with three gifts: the heart of a champion, a will of iron and an a...
When Martin Vogel was born, God with his infinite wisdom blessed him with three gifts: the heart of a champion, a will of iron and an artists' vision that speaks to the human soul. Each of these gifts serves Martin well as he transverses whole life spans in his mere 4+ decades of life.
It is impossible to resist the beauty and grandeur of a Martin Vogel panoramic visionscape. His imagination brings us past the line of reality and into the brink of delight. Whether you abandon earthly rules and ride the line of a gargantuan 5' x 25' Vogel creation or submerge yourself under the sea, your soul experiences definition of line, movement, compelling color and whimsy. Everyone who sees Vogel's visionscapes is left with the same exasperating question -- How does he do that?
Vogel's art speaks for itself, and those of us who are mere mortals stand in awe when we learn his secret. Martin Vogel uses every tool available to him to speak to humanity's spirit through his art, including his wheelchair.
It is said if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. No one knows this better than Martin Vogel. The precocious Martin turned his mother's hair prematurely gray when he began riding motorcycles at the age of 5. His racing started at age 8 with motor cross, road racing by 17 and professionally riding the American Motorcycle Association Formula 2 circuit at 19. The spoils of victory reinforced the thrill of the race. Vogel was racing grand prix events at tracks such as Laguna Seca and Daytona, Florida. He finished his second year near the top of the point standings in California and was on his way to moving into the European ranks. He had also secured a sponsorship with Honda. At the peak of his racing career, Martin's first life abruptly ended on a hairpin turn on the Infinion Raceway in Sonoma, California. A T3 spinal cord injury left him paralyzed from the chest down. Vogel called on his first gift to pull him through, the heart of a champion. His initial concern was how he was going to occupy his time and how to "channel all the emotions inside me. That's what racing had done. But without that in my life, I knew that I had to find something else to challenge me, something else to make me life my life." A true champion is not measured by how many wins he has achieved, but by how many times he gets up when he is knocked down. Unable to ever ride motorcycles or even walk, Martin wheeled out of rehabilitation after only seven weeks, and into his second life as a wheelchair racer.
Person InjuredFull arm functionFull finger functionNo leg functionUnable to WalkCaucasianUnited StatesParaplegicMale