Concetta Antico

10:28 AM Amer Bekic 0 Comments

An Australian artist is the only confirmed  tetrachromat in the world.

Let me tell you what a tetrachromat is.

The human eye is packed with millions of cone-shaped cells that allow for color to be perceived. For those with normal vision, the three types of cones allow vision of about one million distinctive colors. Some animal species including certain birds, insects, fish, and reptiles, have a fourth type of cone cell that extends color perception into the UV range. Though evolution has mostly scrubbed that fourth cone from the mammalian lineage, there is evidence that a small group of humans may have a genetic variant that allows for tetrachromacy.

So, a tetrachromat would be able to see, roughly 100 times more colours than the average human!!

Quoting Concetta, "It’s shocking to me how little color people are seeing."

The fact she is the only person (or one of a few) who sees the world totally differently makes her amazingly lucky. When she looks at a leaf, she sees much more than just green. “Around the edge I’ll see orange or red or purple in the shadow; you might see dark green but I’ll see violet, turquoise, blue,” she said. “It’s like a mosaic of color.”

And Concetta, decided to show the world what she sees.

Quoting her website-"
She conjures masterpieces in one sitting. All her paintings are insanely colorful,and feature shades you wouldn't expect to see."
The fact that we may never be able to see the world the way she does is saddening in a way.

P.S To see more of her work-Concetta Antico ~ Tetrachromat & En Plein Air Artist. For more on her condition-Tetrachromacy