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Autistic Stephen Wiltshire’s Amazing Drawing Ability

Stephen Wiltshire is an autistic artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes. 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.

Stephen was born in London to West Indian parents on 24th April, 1974. As a child he was mute, and did not relate to other people. Aged three, he was diagnosed as autistic. He had no language and lived entirely in his own world.

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.

Please read more about Stephen on his website in addition to more photos of his drawing.

This video news story shows how Stephen recreated New York city from one fly over the city in a helicopter.


Stephen Wiltshire’s New York Panorama


Stephen Wiltshire’s London Panorama


Stephen Wiltshire’s Houses of Parliament


  1. The brain is so mysterious. Especially so with people who are autistic. I’ve worked with students of this population, functioning at a much lower level (severe and moderate ranges).

    This young man is brilliant. Much applause to him and those who brought out his natural abilities. Gives me chills.

  2. absolutely beautiful…It should make us all wonder how many people with amazing skills, talents, and ability are lost in war, poverty or simply go untapped or unaware.

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