Artist, 4, Makes Her New York Gallery Debut

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Mozart began composing music at the age of 5 and was soon performing before European royalty.

Big deal.

Aelita Andre is only 4, and she already has her own art exhibit at a Manhattan gallery.

NBC News reports both of Andre's parents are artists, and she seems to have inherited their gifts.

"I used to paint and I had prepared a canvas on the floor," her father, Michael Andre, tells NBC. "She was 9 months old and she crawled onto the canvas and she just took to it. Her hands moved around the canvas."

So, he and his wife, fellow artist Nikka Kalashnikova, bought Aelita large canvases, acrylic paints and other materials.

"She works with the paints individually and layers the paint and creates texture. It's amazing that she has an innate ability to do it," the proud father tells NBC.

Angela Di Bello, the director of the Agora Gallery in the Chelsea district of New York City, was impressed.

"I saw great colors, great movement, great composition and very playful and I thought this is fantastic," she tells NBC.

Only later did Di Bello realize the artist was 4 years old.

Di Bello sees hints of abstract expressionism as well as surrealism in the child's art. Aelita's style and consistency set her work apart, she tells the BBC.

If you want to post Aelita's work on the refrigerator next to your own children's masterpieces, it's going to cost you. Some of her paintings go for up to $9,000. Her show, "The Prodigy of Color," runs at the Agora Gallery through the end of the month.

This is not her first show, either. The native Australian had her first gallery exhibit in Melbourne when she was 2.

NBC reports the family took time during a trip to New York to visit the Museum of Modern Art and view the works of artists such as Chagall and Picasso. The girl's parents tell the network their daughter was bit peeved.

"Where are my paintings?" she asked.

They could be there soon. But perhaps she should be careful. Remember what happened to Mozart (if only in in legend). Somewhere, there is a preschool Antonio Salieri struggling to draw stick figures and cursing Aelita's name under his breath.

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