The 'art savant' visits Mexico City

By Sazi Marroquín

Mexico City's landscape will be immortalized in yet another masterpiece by the british artist

The renowned artist Stephen Wiltshire, who suffers from savant syndrome –which enables him with photographic memory–, will now take a mental snapshot of Mexico City.

stephen1Original image: “Stephen Wiltshire in Singapore 19 - Day Four” by Steel Wool, license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr

Much like Dustin Hoffman’s character in Rain man, Stephen instead of remembering numbers, memorizes images; this has become his special talent to draw cities, which he has done all over the world, not only in his native London – where he now has an art gallery in one of the most pretty and hip neighborhoods.

He’s had such international recognition for his talent, that in 2006 Charles, Prince of Wales, made him a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to art.

stephen2Original image: “Stephen Wiltshire in Singapore 15 - Day Four” by Steel Wool, license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr

New York, Madrid, Rome, Sydney, Tokyo, Paris, Moscow, Jerusalem, Dubai, Istanbul and now Mexico City are among his most important works.

In order to create his work, this past October 22nd Wiltshire overflew the city on a helicopter, from where he could memorize each and every architectonic detail of the metropolis, which he will later capture in a 4x1 canvas in Torre Bancomer.

stephen3Original image: “Stephen Wiltshire in Singapore 27- Day 5” by Steel Wool, license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr

In fact, people who want to visit this work in progress may do so from Monday 24 to Friday 28, from 10 in the morning 5 p.m. in Torre Bancomer. Admission is free.

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