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Dyslexia and Art

What do famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, and Andy Warhol have in common? Aside from being world renown artists with much sought after pieces of art, they all are believed to have been dyslexic. In case you are not familiar with dyslexia, it is one of the most common reading disorders that exists today. Many people see dyslexia as the disorder of seeing letters and words backwards or reversed, which is true in many cases, but it is definitely not true for all dyslexics. In fact there are some dyslexics that can read perfectly, but have trouble processing information in other ways, such as with math.

Many dyslexics tend to suffer from low self-esteem. Unfortunately today’s educational system, with some exceptions of course, tend to not diagnose kids with dyslexia and simply see them as problematic students who do not like to study or pay attention, not realizing the severe difficulties that these children are really dealing with in trying to learn like the rest of their peers.

But there is also another side to dyslexia that is very positive. Dyslexics may not do well with certain cognitive processing, but they far excel in others. For example, dyslexics tend to have an incredible imagination, are very innovative, have strong practical skills, and are out of the box thinkers. This is a very big benefit when it comes to being creative and therefore taking art to a whole new level.

There is a good friend of mine named Allen Weinstein who is a self-mad multi-millionaire. Allen could not read until he was 13 years old and was labeled “dumb” by his teachers and classmates. He is 82 years old and has an incredible story to tell which you can find out more about on his website AllenWeinstein.com (there you will be able to find out more on how a dyslexic child that was doomed for failure turned his life into one of enormous success). The reason why I wanted to include Allen Weinstein in this post, was because not only is he a very successful entrepreneur, but he is also an artist with a collection of unique art that I truly admire. Watch this short video below.