Painting by Akiane Kramarik
July 9, 1994 |
Mount Morris, Illinois, U.S.
Akiane Kramarik (//; born July 9, 1994) is an American poet and artist. She was known as a child prodigy and has begun drawing at the age of four. Kramarik is world-renowned for her paintings, but especially for her piece, Prince of Peace, which was completed at the age of eight.
She is primarily a self-taught painter. She states that God spoke to her when she was four years old, encouraging her to paint and draw her visions. Her parents were atheists at the time (they later converted to Christianity because of Kramarik's paintings and visions). She started drawing at the age of four, and advanced to painting at six, and writing poetry at seven. Her first completed self-portrait sold for US$10,000. A portion of the money generated from sales is donated by Kramarik to charities.
Her paintings are often allegorical as well as spiritual, involving pictures of Jesus, pictures from magazines, children, animals and self-portraits. According to Kramarik, her art is inspired by her visions of heaven, and her personal connection with God.
By age 12 she had completed sixty large scale paintings and work had been purchased by the US Embassy in Singapore. Overall she has completed over 200 published art works, 800 literary creations and published two best selling books.
- Akiane Kramarik, (2006). Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry. Nashville: W Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8499-0044-1.
- Akiane Kramarik, (2006). Akiane My Dream is Bigger Than I: Memories of Tomorrow. Artakiane.llc. ISBN 0-9778697-0-9.
- "Akiane art tour 2007". La Prensa (San Diego). June 8, 2007. Retrieved 2014-09-24 – via Highbeam. (subscription required (. ))
- Robin Heflin (July 11, 2004). "Strokes of genius; Just 10, Post Falls' Akiane Kramarik is dazzling everybody with her paintings, poetry". The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA). Retrieved 2014-09-24 – via Highbeam. (subscription required (. ))
- Her Life Artakiane.com
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- Official website
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- Akiane Kramarik at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview: Akiane Kramarik at the Wayback Machine (archived January 6, 2009)