Aelita Andre is a child prodigy and is taking the international art world by storm. Her solo exhibition in New York is currently showing at the Agora Gallery till July 3, 2012. Her first exhibition sold out within seven days. According to the Gallery at five years of age, Aelita Andre is the youngest professional painter in the world. “Using acrylics and mixed media, she creates large tableaux of abstract forms as she swirls, spreads, and pours paint across the canvas. She often incorporates bark, twigs, children’s toys, bird feathers, and other found objects into her paintings, lending depth and texture to the overall effect. What makes Aelita’s work so compelling is the lightness that pervades her work. Yet underlying her free approach is a real attention to both composition and form, a testament to her intuitive artistic prowess. These paintings are both contemplative and powerful, providing a window into the emancipated creative subconscious mind of a child”.
Aelita Andre is of Russian heritage but currently lives with her parents in Melbourne, Australia. She first gained international attention when she was 20 months old, and created her first significant body of work before reaching the age of two. When her father placed one of his canvases on the floor to paint on one occasion, Aelita enthusiastically crawled onto it and began dabbing and smearing the paint with such conviction and passion that her father let her alone to continue.Her father and mother loved what they saw unfolding. From that moment until now, Aelita has amassed a vast body of work in a breathtaking variety of styles using many varied techniques.
In the words of “The Age” art critic Robert Nelson, Aelita’s paintings are “free from oppressive western traditions…”
Apart from her love of painting, Aelita enjoys ballet, gym, violin and crafts, tinkering on the piano and singing. She loves to watch BBC dinosaur documentaries and enjoys the Carl Sagan Cosmos series. She also enjoys My Little Pony and Little Einsteins. Aelita speaks Russian and English fluently which both parents encourage. Aelita is of Russian heritage.
Her works are undeniably vivid and expressive; full of energy and capable of evoking amazing visions and 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.
“Watching her paint it is easy to see that the stimulus for her painting comes from the sheer pleasure of mixing colors and textures to create turbulent chaotic scenes, to sparse and striking ones in an almost “caligraphic style” – Robert Nelson, art critic for “The Age” newspaper and Associate Professor at Melbourne’s Monash University.
Aelita’s art is a ‘window’ into the mind of a child in ‘real time’ as it were. We witness the act of creation itself. This is something Freud and Jung were deeply interested in. It represents the first time that the mental processes of the pre-cognitive mind are allowed expression and are being treated with the same attention and seriousness usually only accorded adults or, in Robert Nelson’s words, “a child’s art is being monumentalized.”
Aelita is playful and occasionally has a willful attitude to the paints and canvas and she uses any method of applying paints and objects to the canvas: pouring, dripping, spattering, squirting, and of course brushing!