Autistic Artist Stephen Wiltshire Draws Entire Cities From Memory
Published on October 21, 2017
British Artist Stephen Wiltshire can draw a huge landscape completely from memory.
Wiltshire, who recently drew a detailed sketch of New York after a 45-minute helicopter ride over the city, has a photographic memory and autism, which he was diagnosed with when he was 3. At 5, he started drawing, and was discovered to have a savant-like talent. By the time Wiltshire turned 8, the British Prime Minister commissioned his first work. Now, he's become famous for his skyline drawings, which sell for thousands of dollars each.
In addition to sketching New York, Wiltshire has also drawn London, Paris, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, and Florence. But out of all the buildings he's seen, his favorite is the Empire State Building, which he artfully captured in 2015.