Paint/Illust./Mix-Media · Performativity · Videos

Esref Armagan, a blind man who can paint

Esref Armagan is a 54-year-old contemporary Turkish painter who has been completely blind since birth. He grew up poor and uneducated, and never had an art lesson, yet he paints detailed pictures in bright colors and 3-point perspective without assistance. For decades, Armagan was the subject of curiosity, awe, and skepticism in his native Turkey. Then in 2004, he became the subject of scientific brain studies in the United States. The astonishing results have been published in science journals, magazines, and newspapers around the globe. In 2008 the Discovery Channel aired a documentary which featured Armagan and three others with extraordinary abilities called The Real Superhumans.

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