A 10-year-old San Diego boy steals a show at the upcoming Miami Art Week. One of the paintings from his collection caught the eye of “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, who bought one of the works of a young artist.
Andres Valencia, known as the “prodigy,” has been painting since he was four years old. It all started after his father showed a movie about Jean-Michel Basquiat and the boy said to his father: “Miami Herald reported.
“I’m very happy,” the New York Post reported, which was Andres Valencia’s reaction when he learned that Vergara had purchased one of his works.
Vergara wasn’t the only celebrity who was fascinated by the boy’s talent. Jordan Belfort, the author of The Wolf of Wall Street, who turned into a felony by a stock broker, also bought one of Valencia’s paintings.
Since the beginning of Miami Art Week on Tuesday, including events such as Art Basel and Art Miami, the entire collection of 17 paintings from Valencia has already been sold, Soho’s Chase Contemporary Emily Adams told Inside Edition Digital. rice field.
“We are the exclusive representative of Andres Valencia’s work,” Adams said. “He was here for the press event where we showed his paintings. None were for sale at the time. They were for sale at Art Miami at the VIP event. VIP Opening All his works were sold out during the period. “”
“It’s amazing and fun,” Adams added.
“One of the things I like about Andres is that he doesn’t understand what all the turmoil is. It’s in favor of how his parents hand him over. He I’m a kid. I think his parents are doing a great job. They make him 10 years old. “
Adams explained that Andres’ technique is unusual.
“He doesn’t sit down and sketch, but he confidently goes to the canvas and starts painting,” she said.
Nick Korniloff, executive director of Art Miami, told Post for 30 years in the art world, “He has never witnessed such a talented young man.”
“The responsibility of the art world is to find the next great artist. We did that with Andres. He became global in 36 hours,” Korniloff said.
Valencia’s family did not disclose the amount paid by Vergara and Belfort. However, his art ranges from $ 5,000 to $ 20,000, the New York Post reported.
Kornilov reported that Valencia already has an offer from a New York-based collector.
Other celebrities in attendance were Brooke Shields, Channing Tatum, and street artist Shepard Fairey.
According to the post, Valencia’s parents, Loupe (Guadalupe) and Elsa, were early aware of their son’s talents and said they had given them paintbrushes, brushes and canvas to raise them.
They describe their son as “an awe-inspiring old soul of artists such as Picasso, Modigliani, Day, Jojicondo, and Basquat.” ..And sometimes he can stay up until 11pm
Some of the canvases Valencia draws are even bigger than him. But the still-growing fourth grader uses a ladder to avoid it, his father said.
Between all the interviews, a young contemporary artist arriving at a toy store collecting vintage action figures. This is what my mother promised him.
Part of the proceeds will benefit the Perry J. Cohen Foundation, named after Kornilov’s son Perry, who died in the sea at the age of 14 in 2015.
Miami Art Week runs until Sunday.