Stephen Wiltshire (The Human Camera)
Name: Stephen Wiltshire.
Country: United Kingdom.
Born: 24th April 1974.
Stephen Wiltshire is an architectural artist who was mute and did not relate to other human beings. Aged three, he was diagnosed as autistic. He had no language and lived entirely in his own world. Wiltshire was born in London, England, to West Indian parents. He is known for his ability to draw a landscape after seeing it just once.
At the age of five, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London where it was noticed that the only pastime he enjoyed was drawing. It soon became apparent he communicated with the world through the language of drawing; first animals, then London buses, and finally buildings. These drawings show a masterful perspective, a whimsical line and reveal a natural innate artistry.
Aged eight, Stephen started drawing cityscapes after the effects of an earthquake (all imaginary) as a result of being shown photographs of earthquakes in a book at school. He also became obsessed with illustrations of classic american cars at this time (his knowledge of them is encyclopaedic) and he drew most of the major London landmarks.
He has a particular talent for drawing lifelike, accurate representations of cities, sometimes after having only observed them briefly. He was awarded an MBE for services to the art world in 2006. He studied Fine Art at City & Guilds Art College. His work is popular all over the world, and is held in a number of important collections.
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Go to his official WEBSITE.