Aelita Andre takes New York by storm

We shared the story of young art prodigy Aelita Andre on this blog a few weeks ago, in the run up to her first New York solo exhibition, at Agora Gallery. Since then, the news has been the subject of much excitement and debate all over the internet, as well as in more traditional media.

Aelita is no stranger to fame, having been mentioned in international media since she was two. Her lively, vibrant yet well balanced paintings have a power and a sense of control that has captivated audiences in Australia, Asia and Europe and her work has a strong collector base all around the world. As Agora Gallery’s director, Angela Di Bello, points out, her instinctive understanding of color, combined with the coherence and continuity of her work and the carefully balanced forms she creates, sets her artwork apart, making it uniquely appealing.

Despite her previous media exposure, however, the interest in ‘The Prodigy of Color: Aelita Andre / a Solo Exhibition’ has been remarkable. The video from the reception on Saturday 4 June went viral almost instantly, becoming the most watched video on the BBC website. Inquiries have poured from both collectors and reporters and the story has been featured in places such as the New York Post, Sky News online, Britain’s Telegraph and Daily Mail and Australian media such as ABC news, The Australian and Herald Sun.

The opening reception was an enormous success, attracting attention from both the media and art enthusiasts. The result was an atmosphere almost electric with curiosity, enjoyment and attentive consideration of the art on display. The highlight of the reception, however, was undoubtedly Aelita herself, who stole the show with her beaming smile and exuberant delight.

At Agora Gallery, director Angela Di Bello has almost lost count of the interviews she has given to members of the media who are fascinated by the talent of the four-year-old artist.

In fact, as you can see on Aelita Andre’s artist page, the exhibition has completely sold out. Collectors don’t need to accept disappointment though: Aelita, who says that she misses painting, would like to engage in her favorite activity even if she is far from her Australian home and her usual studio space. She wants to show Angela how she does it, as she and the gallery director have become good friends. Therefore, due to the overwhelming interest in her work, there will be an extension to the show in which art enthusiasts can view Aelita’s newest and freshest work – her NYC pieces.

Aelita’s exhibition at Agora Gallery will continue until June 25, 2011.


  • What a fantastic story! Congratulations to this very talented young Lady !!!

  • Very Good I love the art of children, and this little girl has a long future in art

  • Most wonderful genius in the world.
    If Contempolery art is the mixture of the human hand and the nature,
    Her works are the best ones.

  • Oh dear!
    The search for Van Gogh’s ear lobe continues. Art is full of child prodigies and Durer comes to mind. Durer she is not. Anyone remember Marla Olmstead? By the age of four (2004) she had sold paintings for tens of thousands of dollars. Later CBS secretly recorded her being coached to paint by her father. She was just a kid who may have liked painting. How about Akiane Kramarik who claims to have a connection with god in order to produce her images. At least she has a technique to comment on, albeit drab and sentimental.
    Only the art world would take the scribbles of a four year old seriously. Imagine if you went to your cardiologist, and he or she was four, or the dentist with a drill in one hand, and Elmo in the other.
    What happens is the intellectual devaluing of fine art. The betrayal of knowledge garnered over thousands of years, and the reinforcement of disdain towards the “intellectual”.
    I can hear “My kid can do that!” ringing in my ears. Yeah well, probably, but your kid doesn’t have the P.R.
    Anyhow keep going Aelita (and Mummy and Daddy) get as much money from them as you can! After all, that’s what we use to judge quality these days.

  • Dear Conrad, what do you mean takes the art seriously? Art is for people, it is no need to be serious. Those canvases really harmonic and people like them. That is why people buying them. There is thousands art galleries, where hanging up millions art pieces made by thousands “artists” nearly all of them not an art at all – just calculated imitations. All those artists studied a long uni ” art’s ” school. All of them intellectuals but making boring art-like canvases and instalation which is nobody interested (except curators maybe). Some human can be doctors, some musician or artist. This is very different field of human being. An why that is bad because parent’s PR? Some parents do, mostly not. Everybody free do what they do. Some parents really bad – they force children play piano 24/7 : )) Some is better – just drinking and never ever see what their child do. : ((

  • Hello Valentine.
    I don’t believe I wrote that anyone should take art seriously. I certainly don’t. I disagree with your view that Aelita’s work (I assume) is harmonious, (I think that’s the word you were after) but that’s my view of a four year old’s work (if it’s possible to have a view), and of course you’re entitled to your own. I strongly disagree with your opinion that beauty is the reason people are buying these images. It’s all about investment and the market.
    As Andy Warhol once said, “Good business is the best art.”
    For reference, please read about Robert Scull, and the auction of 50 pieces of contemporary art in 1973.
    This is where art really became judged as a commodity. This is my point. You can call anything “great” as long as it’s worth a lot or has the “right” name.
    As to the other things you have written. Well, I understand that English is not your first language, so I will not challenge what’s there out of respect.
    As far as installations are concerned, I agree. The last one I saw presented a Mcdonalds cup in which the artist had pooped in. The less said about that the better.
    I’ll leave you with a quote from Robert Hughes talking about contemporary art and money:
    “The consequences of such (high) prices, was that art became admired, not through any critical perspective, but for its price tag. Auction houses were the new arbiters of taste. The prices, have a cultural function – their cultural function is to strike you blind, so that you can’t make your own judgments.”

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  • I ave been studying this girl for my schoolwork and have done a few resaerch projets on her. It is simply amazing how this has spread across the globe when she just did what any child would do- made a mess when she had the tools to do it.

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