Stephen Wiltshire is autistic, but it doesn’t hold him back when it comes to drawing. As an architectural artist, he draws an entire landscape after seeing it just once. He studied Fine Art at City & Guilds Art College. His work is popular, and seen in collections all over the world.
Wiltshire was born mute in London on April 24, 1974. At the age of five, he began to drawing prodigiously. His third book, Floating Cities, was number one on the Sunday Times best-seller list in 1991. He can be considered one of the strange people of the world, not because of the autism, but for his super-human ability as an artist.
In 2005 Stephen produced his longest ever panoramic memory drawing of Tokyo on a 10-foot-long (3.0 m) canvas within seven days following a short helicopter ride over the city. Since then he has drawn many cities on giant canvasses. When Wiltshire took the helicopter ride over Rome, he drew it in such great detail that he drew the exact number of columns in the Pantheon. In 2009, Stephen completed the last work in the series of panoramas, an 18-foot (5.5 m) memory drawing of his spiritual home, New York. Following only a 20-minute helicopter ride over the city, he sketched the view flawlessly within five days, at Pratt Institute, in New York.