Flatbush autistic artist struggling after artwork featured at the Met and Lincoln Center

Posted by Sonia on August 11, 2012 at 12:40 AM

For one gifted autistic artist from Flatbush, a once- promising future has quickly come into doubt.

After Amoako Buachie, 21, was last featured in the Daily News, his paintings hung from the walls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center.

But now Buachie is out of school with no artistic guidance and his mother fears that if he doesn’t get help soon, his dreams of becoming a working artist will soon be dashed.

“I’m very worried about it. It hurts me so much,” said Akosua Mainu, 49. “You want your children to do well and succeed in life and if it doesn’t happen it will break my heart.”

Buachie has made huge strides since he suffered from horrific late night tantrums that would last for hours at a time and prompt neighbors to call the cops.

His screaming fits have subsided the more his artistic skills have flourished.

Just a year ago, Buachie was a member of a top art program in the city and was even featured on WABC-TV for his work that made it to the Met.

But after graduating from a special needs program at Public School 370 in Brighton Beach in June, Buachie now spends his days split between a day program for adults and drawing at home.

Since art supplies are scarce, he uses No. 2 pencils to draw his own cartoons that are in the spitting image of Looney Tunes and Disney cartoons. His sketchbook is quickly running out of room and uses computer paper to draw his characters.

Mainu said her son’s mind is so focused that all he needs are simple directions before turning an idea into a masterpiece.

“With all of this boy’s ability, work is nothing. He can do it.” said Mainu.

Sister Janet Lovell - a religious figure from a non-denominational church - said she’s seen herself how Buachie can make complex ideas into reality.

Lovell gave Buachie specific instructions for a cartoon and was impressed when he nailed down every last detail using Microsoft Paint.

“His mind functions at a higher level than ours does,” said Lovell. “He remembered everything right off the bat. You just have to tell him once and he does it exactly. It’s amazing.”

Both Lovell and Mainu have dreams of seeing Buachie flourish in a collegiate art program before someday working for a big time animation company like Warner Bros. or Disney.

But with Mainu’s modest income as a house cleaner, the single mother said it’s a virtual impossibility.

Meanwhile Buachie continues to sketch his art, hoping someone can help take his talents to the next level.

“I want to go to art school,” said Buachie as he effortlessly sketched a cartoon. “I like drawing very much. It’s my favorite.”

To help, please call 718-258-1944


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/flatbush-autistic-artist-struggling-artwork-featured-met-lincoln-center-article-1.1131998#ixzz23ASVVz9x


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