17-year-old Dimitra Milan opens exhibit at Grand Bohemian Gallery

Dimitra Milan may only be 17 but, in the year since making her debut in the international art scene, she has sold well over $1 million in art around the world.


Milan will host a pair of receptions and a live painting demonstration this weekend at St. Augustine Grand Bohemian Gallery, 49 King St.

The receptions are from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the gallery, and the painting demonstration is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Milan’s style is a conglomeration of surrealism and abstract expressionism. Her subject matter varies, but often incorporates animals and people.

“Painting is my life purpose, and to create art is the ultimate way of expressing myself and my voice,” Milan says. “I love to make beautiful things and release onto the canvas what my heart can imagine. I truly believe art is powerful and can change the world.”

As the daughter of two artists, Milan’s passion for art began at a young age. Her artistic education was a family affair at Milan Art Institute in Arizona founded by her parents.

Milan started to take her art seriously when she stopped going to public school and started homeschooling, where she powered through an intensive program to graduate from high school two years early. Milan now paints as a full-time artist.

“The most important advice I have received is to maintain a strong work ethic,” she says. “My parents taught me that you don’t always have to be in the mood to paint, you just paint. I paint every day for eight or nine hours straight. I believe it’s hard work, passion and commitment that makes you successful.”

For information, call 829-6880 or email summer.hartley@kesslercollection.com.