Artist, 4, Opens NYC Exhibit

Aussie Aelita Andre wows gallery director
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2011 4:02 AM CDT

A 4-year-old girl has just launched her own art exhibit at a Manhattan gallery. Aelita Andre, the daughter of two artists, is "special in that she really knows what she's doing. She understands color, composition, texture," says gallery director Angela Di Bello, who notes she's spotted hints of abstract expressionism as well as surrealism in the little Aussie's art. Aelita's "style" and consistency among her paintings particularly sets her work apart, Di Bello tells the BBC.

"I've had children and they've painted as well but their paintings didn't look like the other paintings they were painting," she adds. What does Aelita have to say for herself? "Welcome for you to come to my space," she says. "Hurrah." No kidding, hurrah. She's already sold some works, and they're priced at up to $9,000 each. Aelita had her first exhibit in Melbourne at the age of 2. (More art gallery stories.)

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