About King Nobuyoshi Godwin

King was Born 1991 in Raleigh NC and diagnosed with autism when he was two and a half years old. He attended the Special Education program of Wake County School Systems and received a certificate from Leesville High School in Raleigh NC in 2012. King attended UNC at Greensboro for one year, living away from home in the college dorm for the Beyond Academics Program in 2013. King became a painter in 2013. In addition to his parents, Thomas & Yuko Taylor and a brother Malik Nobumasa Godwin, he has many other supporters of his painting career. King currently lives in a apartment attached to parents home independently. He is a proud team member of the Special Olympic Raleigh Racer Swimmers and a performing member of Special Japanese Taiko-Drum ensemble.

He has included his artist statement below:

Artist Statement

“My name is Nobuyoshi Godwin. I have autism. Being autistic is ok. I can see trees in my mind and talk with them. It’s blue and it’s ok. When I paint I feel good because it’s my job, and I am proud of it. I think people enjoy and think my painting is good. I like drawing animals. They are sweet. That is 4400 and purple. If I sell my paintings I can buy more paint colors. And that is purple and that is 4400.”
– King Nobuyoshi Godwin

Donate to King’s Cause:

100% of every donation goes into supporting King’s mission, to continue living independently and working as an artist. Donations will help King purchase art supplies

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UNC Greensboro – Beyond Academics
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro supports students with intellectual and developmental disabilities through a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) while enrolled in Integrative Community Studies, a four-year certificate program of study that emphasizes higher education, self-determination, community inclusion, career development, and independent living.
Autism Society of North Carolina
Our organization works to directly improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism through advocacy, training and education, and direct services.
Triangle Special Taiko Drum Ensemble
There are nearly 200 taiko ensembles in North America, and Triangle Taiko is one of only a handful of taiko groups in the Southeastern United States. Formed in 2002, Triangle Taiko is an all-volunteer group dedicated to the exploration and performance of Taiko. Triangle Taiko celebrates diversity, and welcomes members who wish to do so as well.
Special Olympics of North Carolina – Raleigh Racers
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.
Reality Ministries Durham
Reality Ministries creates opportunities for adults with and without developmental disabilities to experience belonging, kinship and the life-changing reality of Christ’s love.