Philippine Art Critic Cid Reyes wrote “JA Tan: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” in Contemporary Art Philippines.
“Dismissed in the past and described as the work of “disabled” artists, the artworks of autistic artists are now thrust in the limelight, being bought by serious collectors. Indeed, New York’s Museum of Modern Art purchased one work by Daniel Miller, who is severely autistic. The work of the late sculptor Judith Scott, who was autistic and a deaf-mute, entered the collection of San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art and was displayed alongside the work of Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko.
British artist Stephen Wiltshire, also autistic, is famous for his detailed architectural drawings of cities – drawn from memory!- and was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to art, and made and honorary Fellow of the Society of Architectural Illustration (SAI).
Currently making waves in the Philippine art scene is Fil-Canadian Jose Antonio (“JA”) Tan, now 24, who is considered a high functioning autistic.”