Synesthesia (also spelled synæsthesia or synaesthesia; from the Ancient Greek σύν syn, “together”, and αἴσθησιςaisthēsis, “sensation”) is a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. People who report a lifelong history of such experiences are known as synesthetes.
Synesthesia artist Dillon James sees colors and patterns in his vision when he hears sounds. He has a type of synesthesia known as “Chromesthesia”. So, he has merged those colors with the faces of the people he’s painting. “I do all types of artwork, but people tend to want paintings of voices. I love being able to show people in my art what I see when I hear sound. It’s sharing of myself at the deepest level.”