Aelita Andre is making tens of thousands of dollars for her paintings. And she's only 5.
Five-year-old Aelita Andre is an Australian child prodigy. Her paintings are on display at the Agora Gallery in New York City until July 3rd. The show is called "Aelita Andre: Secret Universe."
Critics have compared Andre's work to that of Jackson Pollock, an early 20th-century painter whose paintings were colorful and vivacious, created mainly by splattering paint on canvas. Andre uses the same painting technique, but adds glitter and occasionally, toys like plastic dinosaurs, butterflies and penguins.
You may think this is just child's play, but Andre's work is serious business. Her first solo show was in Melbourne, Australia when she was just two years old!
Last year, tickets for Andre's Agora Gallery show sold out within seven days. Andre has also had her work displayed in shows in Hong Kong and Biennale, Italy, and sold paintings for as much as $24,000.
Andre's father, Michael, discovered her knack for art when Andre crawled onto one of his canvasses and started painting.
"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," Michael Andre said, according to Andre's website.
Andre's paintings in the Chelsea show are priced around $5,500.
Thanks to Business Insider for this story.
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