5 June 2011 Last updated at 09:52 ET
Artist Aelita Andre might only be four years old, but that has not stopped
her opening her first art exhibition in New York.
She is said to be the youngest ever professional artist with nine of her
paintings on show at the Agora Gallery, in Manhatten, already selling, with
pieces priced up to $9,900 (£6,000) each.
Angela Di Bello, the director at the gallery, said Aelita had already
developed a style of her own.
Her parents, Nikka Kalashnikova and Michael Andre, who are also artists, both
agree that their daughter’s art has an innocence to it.
is a professional abstract painter of Russian heritage, currently living in
Melbourne, Australia with her mother Nikka and her father Michael. She is
a member of NAVA (National
Association for the Visual Arts).
Like many other kids she
began by painting on large sheets of paper in her play-group. Her father,
Michael Andre and Mother Nikka paint as a hobby.
her father placed one of his canvases on the floor to paint on one occasion,
Aelita crawled onto it and began dabbing and smearing the paint with such a
conviction and passion that her father let her alone to continue. He placed
another canvas beside his on the floor and let her paint on her own.
works are so vivid and expressive; so full of energy and depicting amazing
subjects. “As soon as she finished her first acrylic on canvas, I saw the MIR
Russian Space Station surrounded by cherry blossoms. It was just so poignant and
evocative” The question of intention is just not relevant. What matters is the
impact on the viewer – the admiration and pleasure the works evoke and the
discoveries each viewer makes within the works.
is obsessed with painting, running around demanding “painting, painting!” and
“kist, kist!” (the Russian word for ‘paintbrush’). Now a worldwide sensation
Aelita’s rise began from simultaneous front page articles in both leading
Australian newspapers: The “Sydney Morning Herald” and “The Age”. She was
featured by every major television network and her paintings continue to ignite
heated debates around the world about art.
“automatism” and “accidentalism”, branches surrealism extensively practiced by
Salvador Dali and Picasso. As well, Aelita approaches the canvas with a precise
(traditional) ‘intentionality’. She will verbally announce what she is painting
as she is doing it (dripping lines accross the canvas and saying “daroga” – the
Russian word for “road”).
other words Aelita combines ‘non-conscious’ techniques and discernable intended abstract
depictions of reality/objects. From the ‘cosmic’ depiction of nebulae (after
watching BBC space documentaries) to ‘ariel color mapping techniques’, through
to the microscopic – paintings of ants etc. Her style and subject matter is
eclectic and wide ranging.
Aelita’s work is improvised combined with deliberate
techniques: it doesn’t have a sense of over determination or being too
purposeful and planned – characteristics that can adversly affect adult abstract
paintings by making them contrived or ugly through being angst ridden. Aelita
takes risks yet in the end her paintings arrive at and attain
The following is a selection of
quotes from Australian Art critic Robert Nelson from “The Next Big Thing”
segment about Aelita on “60 Minutes”:
(Aelita’s) “paintings display a
(Aelita’s paintings are)
“joyful, happy spontaneous paintings that could be proudly hung anywhere.”
“Her paintings have something
quite magical by virtue of
the involvement of this 2 year old kid.”
“…that a two year single
handedly applies the colours is fantastic…”
“What she is doing has such an
benefit….Aelita is learning how to paint at such an accelerated
pace..if only we had been given that opportunity.”
“This is something unique…the
parents have recognized the cultural benefit of a child painting. These works
“We are seduced by this
wonderful project that this little kid can do something so gorgeous….it seems
redemptive…it’s in all of us until it’s eliminated by the long process of education”.
“Aelitas paintings are worth an
“For the first time child art is
“Aelita is having the freedom to
do something marvellous with paint.”
“Aelita’s art is an antidote to
the oppresive qualities of
expectation in western painting.”
“If these works had been painted
by an adult we would say,
“Wow! They’re amazingly liberated gestures”.
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life. Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first three letters of the name.
1 (A is the 1st letter of the alphabet) + 5 (e is 5th letter of the alphabet) + 12 (l is the 12th letter of the alphabet) = 18
So from ages 0 to 27 she has the number 18 going on.
18 = Art. Artist.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
153921 15495 45
her path of destiny / how she learns what she is here to learn = 45 = Focused. Intensed. Hard working. Hardcore.