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October 14, 2008

Paul Laffoley: Autistic Visionary of the 4th Dimension

Filed under: Uncategorized — bunitingi @ 11:19 pm
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Paul Laffoley is an artist who lives in a small windowless apartment in Boston known as the Boston Visionary Cell which he doesn’t leave very often. He is trained in both architecture and art and is a bit autistic.He spoke his first word at 6 months old, “Constantinople” after which he didn’t talk again until age 4.

I first ran across his work a few years ago and would die to have some posters of his stuff. (2 finally became available last year) His stuff deals with…. it’s REALLY esoteric. Lots of spiritual meets fringe science meets “sacred geometry” meets transcendent dimensionality. He’s a walking encyclopedia of esoteric theory and his works are amazingly dense, concise, and i personally find astonishing.

Pretty wild, huh?

Here’s a cool video about him i highly recommend.

To quote- “Description: Laffoley’s Odyssey is about Paul Laffoley, an obsessive, autistic, self-imposed hermit with far-fetched theories of time travel and the 4th dimension, which he depicts through paintings. Is he a modern-day Da Vinci who is discarded by the mainstream? Or is he just some nut living in a windowless room.”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

For more on Paul Laffoley go to The Paul Laffoley Archive.



  1. Very interesting. I’ll have to check him out. Thanks for the post!

    Comment by The Seeker — October 15, 2008 @ 4:15 am | Reply

  2. You should read the Alan Moore Promethea graphic novel series–there is LOTS of this kind of stuff, the six levels, gnosticism, Kabbala, Greek and Egyptian mythology, etc. woven into the story. This guy would fit right in.

    Comment by emjaybee — October 15, 2008 @ 6:19 pm | Reply

  3. I vote nut.

    To no one’s surprise.

    Comment by matthew — October 15, 2008 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

  4. I totally read Promethea and loved them all.

    Comment by bunitingi — October 15, 2008 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  5. Thanaton III is a particular favorite & will be hanging on our wall as soon as we find a suitable frame to border its mindblowing awesomeness. I’m sure you’ve seen it & will know why it strikes a particular resonance with me & Nitsua, especially when you get down to the details. I think this man is genius, visionary, & way ahead of his time ~ and have loved him for years. In fact, did we turn you onto him ~ or you to us? Ultimately irrelevant. Anyway my dear starchild wonderboy, if you haven’t already you should check out his blueprints for completely living houses made of plants ~ turtle’s dream home!!! and there are actually folks out there today already making progress in this very type of architecture. Ok, I’m going to pee myself with excitement if I keep writing about this stuff any longer… just wanting to comment cos I know you know!

    Comment by turtle — October 16, 2008 @ 12:12 am | Reply

  6. I’ve known Paul for 30 + years. He is a delightful man.
    and his studio is not windowless. Chock a Block but not windowless.


    Comment by N E Dolph — October 20, 2008 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

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