Esref Armagan (born 1953) is a 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
. Then in 2004, he became the subject of scientific brain studies in the Turkey . 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. Click here to view the Discovery Channel documentary on Esref Armagan. United States
I discovered Esref Armagan quite by accident when an article about him popped up in an unrelated google search. It caught my eye, and I was immediately hooked. I knew I had to write a book and share his inspiring story with kids everywhere. After 18 months of research, interviews, and writing, I have finally completed my children's biography about this remarkable painter. The manuscript, Painting in the Dark: The Esref Armagan Story, has been favorably reviewed by members of the Arts and Disabilities organizations, as well as national and international organizations for the blind. (Click here to read reviews). It will be published in 2016 by Tumblehome Learning Publishers.
Armagan's fascinating story will be a valuable addition to both science and art curricula, and an inspiration to children with disabilities and those who care for them.