Toddler's art amazes experts

His work is described as art in its purest form, untouched by life's pollutants and representative of what is important and beautiful.

What makes it particularly special is that this art is created by Vinnie Marcis, a two-year-old from Toowong, Brisbane, who has high functioning autism.

Vinnie's website says he has the ability to see the world in an uninhibited and pure state, not only because of his autism, but because he is a child.

Vinnie Macris works on another painting.
Vinnie Macris works on another painting. Photo:

Vinnie's mum, Summa Shing, said Vinnie was 14 months old when she first realised he had a gift.

“My grandfather, who is an art teacher, commented on how wonderful the works were,” she said.

It was not only the family which was amazed by his talent, with Vinnie grabbing the attention of local art gallery owner and curator Troy Williams.

Mr Williams said he discovered Vinnie's ability when a friend told him to look at his paintings on Facebook.

“I didn't realise Vinnie was only two years old when I was looking his works,” said Mr Williams.

“I liked what I saw and basically decided that I would like to represent the artist and do a show."


He exhibited his work at C Gallery in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley last week, in a very successful show.

“He's only got nine paintings left out of 30,” Mr Williams said.

“Also there was a little extra money made from donations at the bar, which was donated to the AEIOU Foundation [for children with autism].

“People were astounded that the works were done by a two-year-old because they have so much maturity, composition and fluidity throughout.”

Ms Shing has since provided an update on the show, reporting the works sold for about $12,000 in total, with 10 per cent of the profits donated to the AEIOU Foundation.

She said she felt Vinnie was aware of his achievement.

“He seemed to really turn it on that night and has been painting more than usual since,” she said.