The Blind Painter Whose Brain Tests Surprised Harvard Scientists

Eşref Armağan was born in 1953 in Istanbul, Turkey. What’s amazing about this guy, is the fact that he was born blind but since his early childhood he started drawing.

His first painting, a butterfly, was made using colored pencils – at around the age of 8. By the time he was 18, he was painting on poster paper with oil paints, and painting became a passion for him.

In 2004, impressed by his genius, Harvard University, invited him for brain and eye scans. The results of those tests surprised the scientists: the brain’s visual cortex, basically dark in the visually impaired, lit up when Esref touched an object and began drawing. After that, Esref became the subject of an article by the famous New Scientist magazine and gained worldwide reputation. Here are some of his indeed, amazing paintings: (the article continues after the ad)

If you like what you read, then you will definitely love this one: The Artist Who Draws Negative Images That Become Realistic When Inverted 

Photos: Eşref Armağan

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