Ready for your daily dose of “Wow, I’ll never be as cool as that kid”? This four-year-old from New Brunswick has made over $20K on his abstract art and has been featured in exhibits all over the world. How’s that for a pre-elementary school accomplishment? Most of us were still working on mastering the art of tying our shoes at that age.
Advait Kolarkar first caught Canada’s attention when he opened up an art exhibit in his hometown of St. John N.B. but he was already making waves in the art community years before that as a one-year-old prodigy in India. He gained the attention of an art curator in Pune, India where he was born, and he put together his first exhibit at two years-old at the Art2Day gallery.
When Advait’s family moved to Canada in 2016, it wasn’t long before the local, then national and international art communities took notice of his talent. He showcased his abstract works of art in the Saint John Art Center last year and last month, Advait was part of the world-renowned Artexpo New York where greats like Andy Warhol and LeRoy Neiman have showcased their talents.
It’s not just exhibitions either. Advait’s mother, Shruti estimates that the little artist has made around $23,000 on his work with single paintings sometimes going for thousands of dollars. Being four-years-old, Shruti says Advait isn’t in it for the money.
“He’s glad that people can take some part of his imagination to their home,” she told CTV, “We see joy in his eyes, which is wonderful.”
According to Shruti, Advait has been a whiz with a paintbrush since before his first birthday and his art, even at that age, was never accidental.
“He was creating something, not just playing with colours,” she said, “He had a sense of composition and colour.” And that’s not just his mom talking, art curators in India, Canada and now the United States all agree.
“I think there’s just something where you look at a lot of art over a period of time, you can sort of sense what will be acceptable and collectible and valuable,” American artist and collector Howard Schoor told CTV, “I think this young man has a unique talent that he’s been able to express at a very early age.”
“He’s just a baby and yet he creates all these wonderful works. I guess that’s the sign of a child prodigy,” St. John’s Cultural Affairs Officer Bernard Cormier said, “That they do something extraordinary for their age. You see it immediately . . . I’ve been exposed to artwork all my life and I see something special in this young boy.”
While his parents are encouraging of his art, Shruti says they’re careful not to force him into anything. It’s all for the joy of it.
“His happiness is very important to us,” she said, “We want him to enjoy the art the way he’s enjoying it now throughout his life.”