Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Autistic artist Amoako Buachie turned life-changing help into personal renaissance

Autistic artist Amoako Buachie turned life-changing help into personal renaissance+

Just two years ago, autistic artist Amoako Buachie could barely control his temper, breaking out into screaming fits that were so loud neighbors called the cops.

But with the help of teachers - and after being featured in the Daily News - the 20-year-old savant from Flatbush is now working at top Manhattan studios and displaying his creations in some of the city's best art museums.

"The change is incredible; he is happy," said Buachie's mom, Akosua Mainu, 48. "He's not making the noise he used to - before it was almost every night but now he's more alert and he's watching 'The Cosby Show' and laughing."

Buachie - who paints with acrylics and sketches his own cartoon characters - is displaying his creations in the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the second time in two years this month.

Last month, he drew a piece that was featured in the Lincoln Center production of "Where The Wild Things Are."

"I've learned a lot," said Buachie, who hopes one day to work as a cartoonist for Warner Bros. "I like [art] a lot. It makes me happy."



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