Diabetics Change The World (Of Art)

Growing up with diabetes makes you more aware of the people that this illness affects on a daily basis. And a lot of the time, as a society we look to celebrities and people of importance in order to get inspiration and to gain confidence.

Paul Cezanne was a french painter. He suffered from diabetes at a late age and it can not be confirmed whether it was due to Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.

Self Portrait. Paul Cezanne. Artble.

For the past week I have been flipping through a book called The World of Cezanne and I have found it to be rather interesting and filled with art that could captivate the world. And it did captivate the art world.

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Pablo Picasso said that this man was “the father to us all,” and Cezanne is also have said to be the inventor of modern expressionism. Basically this guy was totally awesome at what he did. His art was different which is why people enjoyed him.


Cezanne’s artwork was different, but it was also easy to adapt. He used huge globs of paint and then began to look at an image and see shapes, once he would see these shapes he would simplify them for his paintings. Other artists did not like this and even eventually tried to ban him due to his differences from other artists.


“On October 15, 1906, Cezanne caught a cold while painting outdoors, during a heavy rainstorm. Drenched and chilled he walked toward his home, but collapsed on the road, most likely suffering from a diabetic coma. He was found by a driver of a laundry cart, and was taken home. Paul Cezanne died of pneumonia and complication from diabetes, on October 22, 1906, in Provence, and was laid to rest in the old cemetery of his hometown of Aix-en-Provence, France. By the time of his death, Cezanne had attained the status of a legendary figure.” By DLife Article: Paul Cezanne Biography by dlife staff.



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Cezanne single-handedly changed the world of art forever. He saw shapes which helped artists to break a photo down. He saw things that other artists did not see.

Montagne Sainte Victoire by Paul Cezanne
Four Seasons by Paul Cezanne

Other famous diabetic artists include Shepard Fairey who famously painted the poster of President Barack Obama with HOPE written underneath. He is a famous street and graphic artist.

Fairey in front of his original HOPE poster. Found on Daily Mail.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston said that he is one of the most influential and best known street artists. Some of his work is featured in The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

What makes Fairey so great is how upfront he is with his diabetes. dlife says that when he DJs at clubs Fairey often goes by the names DJ Diabetes or Emcee Insulin (which is awesome). Although there is some speculation about his health, and possible blindness, I believe in the good things for this man. I think that he’ll be just fine.

Santa Fe University. Make Art Not War by Shepard Fairey


Murphy, Richard W., and Paul Cézanne. The World of Cézanne, 1839-1906. New York: Time-Life, 1968. Print.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepard_Fairey  is where I found the information on Fairey, I know teachers always say, ‘don’t use wikipedia,’ but I always use wiki (there’s sources at the bottom as well)!

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A Type 1 Diabetic teen that was introduced into the world of diabetes on November 11th, 2008. I continue to walk through the path of life even in this carbohydrate and plastic infected world. Follow me while I deal with diabetes, art, and environmental issues.

4 thoughts on “Diabetics Change The World (Of Art)

    1. Thank you for this comment, this inspired me! I’m sorry I took so long to respond! But keep kicking diabetes right in the butt! It’s always good to be reminded that we aren’t the only ones out there!


      1. WELL…some blog only now and again…I blog every day, if I can! No problem with “delay”–it’s an avocation to blog…not a full-time thing for most of us! I appreciated you being inspired. Glad to help out! 😀


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