A fourth-grader will be most interested in drawing seven or, at most, drawing “art” using gouache and crayons. However, little Andres Valencia, only 10 years old, has not only made a lot of noise in the art world but also has his work compared to great names in the plastic arts such as Pablo Picasso.
Andres—who has been drawing since the age of four—has become a sensation at Miami Art Week, which includes events such as Art Basel. The young artist got works by such famous artists as Sofia Vergara “Modern Family” actress and Jordan Belfort, who became famous all over the world for her controversial artistic performance by Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street. The hype surrounding the young painter also attracted visits from actor Channing Tatum and artist Shepherd Ferry, who were drawn to his stage after hearing about his name and work.
“I’m very happy [que Sofia Vergara] He bought my painting,” Andres told New York Post, which shows that he is really good at promoting his work. “I’ve been in the art world for nearly 30 years and have never seen a very young person so talented,” Art Miami executive director Nick Kornilov told the site. “The art world’s responsibility is to find the next great artists, and we did that with Andres. He went global in 36 hours.”
It took the young artist from San Diego, California no more than three days to sell his entire collection of 17 paintings. His parents have not disclosed the prices paid for the two paintings that Belfort or Vergara bought, but it is believed that each Andrés painting cost between 5,000 and 20,000 US dollars (approximately 28,000 and 113,000 Brazilian reals).
Andres, the son of a lawyer and a jeweler, has references to Picasso, Modigliani, Dali, Georges Kondo and Basquiat, who were the inspiration for Jordan Belfort’s “King and Queen” work. At daily drawing sessions, the boy often left playing the songs of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson. The work usually lasts until 11 pm.
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