autistic child artist Aiden Gamez, age 10 acrylic on canvas circa 2021
Aiden Gamez ( @i.am.aiden.g on Instagram ) is an incredible ten year old artist. He suffers from a cognitive disability and is low verbal, which means that he expresses himself primarily through his art. Aiden receives 100% of all profits made from his art sales and uses them for art supplies, books and cool collectibles he enjoys.
Aiden has been avidly painting and creating various forms of tactile art since he was 2 years old. His first serious work started at age 3 when his family noticed him taking finger painting to a whole new level. His pieces were so well thought out and fully covering that he gained interest from adults and other local artists in the local San Antonio art community.
He sold his first round of paintings at age 3, and continues to earn money selling his artwork to this day. Accumulatively, he's sold over 200 pieces since 2013. Likewise, he has now been published in Diafano, an Australian art magazine, published to an Italian nonprofit for children under quarantine, and in many other arenas to include the children's art branch of New York's MoMA on social media.
His Instagram page @i.am.aiden.g managed by his mother K. Day was created to bring awareness that autistic children are exceptional and extraordinary. Just because their speech and social skills may be impaired or delayed doesn't mean they don't have anything to say. And in Aiden's case, his body of work speaks volumes.
We see greatness in his future; for it is undeniably visible in his present.