Artist with autism paints entire cities in detail from memory (Video)

Today, Stephen Wiltshire is one of Britain’s most popular artists. The orders he receives are put on a waiting list for 4 to 8 months and the videos that show him sketching panoramic cityscapes with every detail quickly go viral.

But when Stephen went to school, his teachers did not know what to do with him. Having been diagnosed with autism from the age of 3, he did not say his first word (paper) until the age of 5. And yet, Stephen as a child, could sketch surprisingly accurate images of wildlife and life, as well as caricatures of of his teachers.

Later, he began painting the buildings he saw all over London in striking detail. His older sister, Annette, would pick him up from school and take him to a friend who lived on the 14th floor of a building so he could observe the city from above. Since then, he states that “his passion became obsession”.

At the age of 8, he received his first order – from the British Prime Minister. The language was difficult for him until an old age, but by the age of 13, he had already published his first drawing book. The media and the public were already excited by the teenager’s amazing memory. Stephen has appeared in various television shows and documentaries about his incredible visual memory.

Artist with autism paints entire cities in detail from memory (Video)

On a trip to New York for an interview, he met Oliver Sacks and painted in detail the neurologist’s house after a brief glance.

Two years later, in 1989, he visited Venice and painted his first panorama. Since then, Stephen has become known for his extremely detailed works and everything is done simply from memory, the hundreds of streets and sights. He has painted various cities around the world, from Jerusalem to Sydney.


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