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.