Sensory Overload: 25+ Artists Who Experience Synesthesia

Synesthesia is when one sense involuntarily leads to experiences in another sense. So, a musician may see certain colors while writing a song or a painter may hear sounds as they create a new visual masterpiece. Celebrities with synesthesia are often prolific artists with a style all their own.

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas both have synesthesia. Foo Fighters musician Dave Grohl has said that he sees music in color, and he visualizes song structure as blocks of LEGO. Van Gogh was said to be a synesthete, and Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov saw letters in different colors. He said that V was pink, and N was the color of oatmeal.

Want to learn more about artists with synesthesia? Scroll on below to get a full picture of the phenomenon.

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