The Agora Gallery in New York is hosting “The Prodigy of Colour”, a solo exhibition of a four-year-old girl. Art by children seems to be becoming more and more popular.
The fourteen paintings will be put on sale on the Internet for just about $5,000. On the gallery’s website, it is stated that Aelita Andre is the youngest professional artist in the world. She completes abstract works made of acrylic and varied materials that she glues on the canvas. Her creations are pure and spontaneous.
Aelita Andre is of Russian origin but lives in Melbourne with her parents, who are artists as well. She started her career at the age of 20 months, when her paintings were placed on the market.
Her father declared that the little girl does not know anything about the history of painting, which explains her innocence and lack of timidity.
Aelita Andre has thus ousted Kieron Williamson, a British child artist, who attracted many collectors last year.
Critics are divided over the authenticity of the works. Some have cited the example of Daniel Spoerri and think the parents are behind the artworks, while others, like Angela Di Bello, director of the Agora, claim that the little girl produced all of them by herself. She declared: “If you look at her paintings, you’ll see that they are balanced. She’s very, very consistent in her work, so she’s already developed a style that is her own.”
It seems that Aelita’s parents are competently promoting their daughter’s art, as she exhibited in Hong Kong and Melbourne. The young girl also has a website featuring Picasso’s quote: “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”