Autistic Artist and Public Speaker
Meet DJ Svoboda.
D.J. Svoboda was diagnosed at the age of 3 with Autism Spectrum Disorder with psycho-motor retardation which included speech delays and issues with his fine motor skills. He found it difficult to even hold a pencil. Today, D.J. is a dynamic, motivational public speaker, an accomplished artist and author with three books to his credit; My Imagiville, The Mupperezmo, and the Rainbow, and The Inspirations of Imagiville.
Growing up, D.J. was teased and bullied. These negative experiences inspired D.J. to create the land of Imagiville; a safe place in his imagination where everyone is treated kindly and accepted just the way they are. Through his art, and public speaking he brings Imagiville and the Imagifriends to life and uses them as a vehicle to spread a message of hope, inspiration, and awareness that those with autism and special needs are special just the way they are.
D.J.’s artwork has been featured in numerous publications such as Autism Spectrum, Autism Digest, Autism Perspective, and Australian Parent’s Child to name a few, and hangs in museums and on the walls of corporations, organizations, and in private homes. The Autism Society of America selected D.J.’s Mupperezmo character to be the image on their “Puzzle Project.” The Mupperezmo, affectionately known as the “Mupp” is a dragon-like character who turns his head upside-down to see the world from a different point of view.
D.J. is an Advocate for the North Carolina Autism Society, has been nominated for the Naturally Autistic ANCA Visual Arts Award, and has been interviewed on numerous Radio and Television shows. You can now watch DJ’s animated Imagifriends on PBS in North Carolina. His artwork was featured on the Design Network in a recent episode of “Welcome Angel”. There are many more new and exciting things to come from D.J. Svoboda.