Chuck Close likes to say that art saved his life. Twice. When he was a kid, dyslexia left him labeled as “dumb,” so he turned to drawing to earn attention. Art came to the rescue again when he was paralyzed later in life and his determination to create helped him through rehabilitation. This dedication to art helped to develop Close’s unique style and talent, allowing him to become one of America’s most recognized modern painters and photographers.
The hurdles he’s had to overcome have been plentiful. In addition to dyslexia, he suffers from prosopagnosia, or face blindness, and the huge faces in his oversized artwork help him recognize and remember faces. What’s more, his paralysis (as a result of a collapsed spinal artery) force him to paint with a brush strapped to his wrist. Regardless, his work is stunning and highly sought after.