Aelita Andre did her first painting when she was 9 months old, and her work was exhibited in public before she was 2

By Alex Heigl
March 09, 2015 07:40 AM

At an age when most people’s art only gets as far as the refrigerator door, Aelita Andre is showing hers in galleries – and drawing raves from the international art community for her work.

The 8-year-old, who hails from Melbourne, Australia, did her first painting when she was only 9 months old, and first had her work publicly exhibited at the ripe old age of 22 months.

Since then, it’s been onward and upward. Andre’s work is currently being exhibited in Kings Road’s Gagliardi Gallery in London.

“The word ‘prodigy’ doesn’t get loosely used in the art world, and from very early on, [Andre] has been compared to the likes of Jackson Pollock and others from the world of abstract expressionism and surrealist art,” Peter Gagliardi told Newsitivy.

Andre’s works have fetched up to $50,000 but she’s set on loftier goals than making money.

“It is my dream to save nature, and to travel to space, and to be a paleontologist and a scientist,” Andre, whose mother, Nikka Kalashnikov, told Newsivity her daughter asked her not to cook meat in the house because she didn’t want to see animals hurt.

Andre recently headlined the London Biennale at The Capital of Contemporary Art, and her work will be featured on German television over the coming months. Find out more about her works at her website.

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