Paul Laffoley

on June 16, 2008 with 0 comments » |

I just found an interesting site: The Six Thousand, edited by Cliff Pickover: "6000 intriguing people you want to meet online before you die."

There are many interesting people profiled in the list but here's one that seemed interesting to me.

By Paul Laffoley's account, he spoke his first word ("Constantinople") at the age of six months, and then lapsed into 4 years of silence, having been diagnosed with slight Autism. In 1964, Laffoley began work (and lived) in an eighteen-by-thirty foot utility room, where he has produced much of his art. During a CAT scan of his head in 1992, a piece of metal 3/8 of an inch long was discovered in the occipital lobe of his brain, near the pineal gland.

He has produced an estimated 800 of his immensely detailed canvases. At any given time there are dozens of these works already fully-articulated in his mind, waiting to be painted. Paul currently lives in Boston and is still producing his amazing transdisciplinary art.

Here's an interesting short movie about him.