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Paul Laffoley was born into an Irish Catholic family in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1940. He spoke his first word, "Constantinople," at six months, then remained silent until the age of four (having been diagnosed as slightly autistic), when he began to draw and paint. In his senior year at Brown University, he was given eight electric-shock treatments. He was dismissed from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, but managed to apprentice with the sculptor Mirko Baseldella, before going to New York to apprentice with the visionary architect Frederick Kiesler. In 1968 he moved into an eighteen- by thirty-foot utility room to found a one-man "think tank" and creative unit called the Boston Visionary Cell. Laffoley supports himself with a job at the Boston Museum of Science, returning to the BVC not only to eat and sleep but to work on multimedia renderings of his visions of alternative futures and complex realities. During a routine CAT-scan of his head in 1992, a miniature metallic implant, 3/8 of an inch long, was discovered in the occipital lobe of his brain, near the pineal gland. Local M.U.F.O.N. investigators declared it to be an alien nanotechnological laboratory. He has come to believe that the "implant" is extraterrestrial in origin and is the main motivation behind his ideas and theories.
He was part of the award-winning
The End Is Near! exhibition (and souvenir book) held at Baltimore's American
Visionary Art Museum. His Outsider
Art has been featured in over 40 exhibitions, and several books including
In Pursuit of the Invisible, Remaking Civilization, Building the Bauharoque:
200 AD - 2100 AD, and Paul Laffoley: The Phenomenology of Revelation. Laffoley's
most recent 1999 exhibitions include Architectonic Thought Forms (Austin,
TX) and The Tree of Sephiroth and Other Drawings (NYC, NY). He received
a B.A. from Brown University.