Aelita Andre

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Aelita Andre (born 9 January 2007)[1][2] is an Australian abstract artist known for her Surrealist painting style and her young age.[3][4] She began to paint when aged nine months, and her work was displayed publicly in a group exhibition shortly after she turned two.[1][5] Her first solo exhibition opened in New York City in June 2011, when she was four years old.[5][6]

Background[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Andre was born to Australian father Michael Andre and Russian mother Nikka Kalashnikova.[6] As a baby, she often watched her parents, both artists themselves, work on canvases on the floor.[1] She learned to paint before she could walk, several months prior to her first birthday.[1][7] She and her family currently reside in Melbourne.[8]

Career[edit | hide | edit source]

Beginning[edit | hide | edit source]

File:Coral Nebula Aelita Andre.jpg
Detail of Coral Nebula, one of the paintings that appeared in The Prodigy of Color.

Andre's mother, believing her daughter to be a child prodigy, showed some of Andre's paintings to a Melbourne-based art curator when the girl was 22 months old. Impressed with the work, the curator agreed to include it in a group exhibition in the Brunswick Street Gallery, and he began advertising the show with Andre's paintings before he learned of her age.[1] Although he was surprised, he kept his promise to display the work. The show opened shortly after her second birthday and also featured Kalashnikova's photography.[1][5] Several months later, Andre and her parents visited Hong Kong, where she sold a painting for $24,000.[9]

The Prodigy of Color[edit | hide | edit source]

Andre's first solo exhibition, The Prodigy of Color, ran from 4 to 25 June 2011 at the Agora Gallery, a gallery in Chelsea.[3][8][10][11] It contained 24 of her paintings, each on sale for between $4,400 and $10,000.[3] The press nicknamed her "the Pee-wee Picasso" after nine of the works sold for a total of more than $30,000.[3][7][12]

Secret Universe[edit | hide | edit source]

Andre's second solo exhibition, Secret Universe, ran from 12 June to 3 July 2012 at the Agora Gallery.[13]

Style and critical reception[edit | hide | edit source]

Andre paints with acrylics and often adds three-dimensional objects, including bark, twigs, and feathers, to the canvases.[8] Art critics have noted Andre's work, classified as abstract expressionism, for its employment of the Surrealist techniques automatism and accidentalism.[5][11] She has been compared her to Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso.[3][5][9][14] The New York Times acknowledged her widespread notoriety but commented that her paintings "are hardly novel from a formal vantage, nor do they provide added meaning below the surface." The same Times article noted that although her 2009 exhibition in Melbourne was not at a vanity gallery, the Agora Gallery's pay-for-show operation generated controversy about the legitimacy of her international fame.[11]

Related subjects[edit | hide | edit source]

References[edit | hide | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Kermond, Clare (8 January 2009). "The curious case of Aelita Andre, artist, aged 2". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 24 January 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2011. She turns two tomorrow.
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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Kelly, Tara (7 June 2011). "Is this four-year-old artist the next Picasso?". Time. Time Warner. Archived from the original on 25 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  4. Flock, Elizabeth (24 May 2011). "Aelita Andre, four-year-old prodigy painter". The Washington Post. Katharine Weymouth. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
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  7. 7.0 7.1 Doll, Jen (6 June 2011). "Aelita Andre, artist now showing at a Chelsea gallery, is four years old". The Village Voice. Michael Cohen. Archived from the original on 25 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
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  9. 9.0 9.1 Hamilton, Brad (4 June 2011). "4-year-old artist making splash in city". New York Post. Paul Carlucci. Archived from the original on 25 June 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
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  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Horowitz, Noah (11 June 2011). "Your 4-year-old can't do that". The New York Times. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
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