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Colors of pride: Non-verbal autistic San Diego artist Jeremy Sicile-Kira

Autistic San Diego artist sees people as color, gets first gallery show.
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Jeremy Sicile-Kira sees the world differently. He goes beyond what is apparent, looking past, if not through, an individual into a different realm, “Truly not their physical body, but everyone's energy around their body is different and that truly has different colors,” he writes.

Jeremy is an autistic artist with synesthesia. That means his everyday life is made up of varying intensities of color. He doesn’t interpret words, letters or even emotions as we do, he only sees vibrant hues and telling iridescence.

What I really want to say is that greatly I see everything as color. I greatly see colors around everything that is alive; people, animals, plants even butterflies,” he writes. “The colors I see range from dark to light and are all shades of color like those of a rainbow. I see more great colors in people's faces depending on their mood. When they laugh I see blue. When they are stressed I see just black. Lavender can represent caring, white is hope, pink is love. My favorite color is green, the color of calm.”

He is also non-verbal. He was featured on MTV’s True Life in a segment that showcased how technology could help him communicate with others.But technology can only do so much. Jeremy lets his canvas say more than any other medium at his disposal. Everything from color to texture is how he sees a person, his pallet is as endless as the people he will meet in his lifetime.

“Yes,” he writes, “greatly the strokes are differently made to tell that person’s story, because that’s how I see them in my dreams. The different strokes make people feel something different. For example, in My Dad truly from description of the painting I wrote: ‘The finger strokes are the tears he cannot shed.’”

His mother, Chantal, was told that her son would probably be better off if she were to institutionalize him. That was not an option for her and one look at his first painting, and she realized there was more to Jeremy than even she could see.

“I was moved by the first painting he did,” she recalls. “It was on paper, and he had painted exactly what he had described in the dream: ‘Greatly I had a dream about another painting. It was big and beautiful. It greatly represented my nice Mom. It was nicely abstract and it had plenty of nice purple. Have to say it was a lively painting.’

But then I have been amazed by every painting because he seems to really ‘get’ people. He has painted portraits of people I don’t know personally, and when given their dream and painting, they ask ‘How did he know that about me?’ I am still surprised every day by his gift.”

His mother says that people who do not know Jeremy may have judgments at first, but they need to understand there is more going on in his mind than they realize. His intellect is only hindered by other people’s perceptions not his own.

“Like many with autism, Jeremy has sensori-motor challenges,” Chantal said. “He looks like he is not paying attention to you, that he can’t understand what you are saying. Now, he is a high school graduate, he co-authored a book—A Full Life with Autism, and look at his amazing art! Imagine if he had never learned to type? He would be locked up inside. How many people with autism have gifts we don’t know about because they've not been given the opportunity to type?”

You will be able to see Jeremy’s distinct works at his first gallery showcase called appropriately Inner Dimensions. To see his portraits is more than just an act of compassion; something that you are curious about and then forget later. They are windows into a reality through which few have traveled.

Each piece is a full color structure of a human being made from the miracle of light. Brush strokes, color choices and each nuanced action as unique as one's DNA, perhaps more personal than even a fingerprint.

“My truly great ability is to read people’s emotions and translate them in my dreams into glorious paintings, realizing their true self,” said Jeremy. “My ability to paint the colors I see in my dreams is the greatest gift I have. I frankly greatly hope my paintings inspire only the good in people.”

Jeremy will have his first curated solo art exhibit, Inner Dimensions, from Monday, April 11, to Saturday, April 23 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

The show is taking place during Autism Awareness Month and is being held at Space4Art located at 325 15th Street in San Diego, Calif.

For more informatio on Jeremy and his exhibit click HERE