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Alexandra Nechita in 2010
August 27, 1985 |
Early life and education
Alexandra was born in Vaslui, three months after her father, Niki, escaped from Communist Romania. She and her mother, Viorica, had to wait two years before they were allowed to join him in the United States. The family settled in California, where her father found work as a lab technician and her mother as an office manager.
At the age of two, Alexandra was working with pen and ink, and by five with watercolors. By her seventh birthday, oil and acrylics were her tools. She had her first solo exhibition at age eight, at the public library in Whittier, Los Angeles County. At the time, she was a student at Faith Lutheran School, a small private school in Whittier. When Alexandra graduated, she gave her teachers a special painting that she had painted.
Alexandra has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and has appeared with numerous celebrities, including Bill Clinton. In addition to talk show appearances, Alexandra was featured on the teen sitcom Boy Meets World in the 1998 episode "Better Than The Average Cory," starring as herself. Also appeared on TV show "Blossom" as herself with the shows star Mayim Bialik. Her talent and perceived similarities to Pablo Picasso led to her being known as the "Petite Picasso." She was known as a child prodigy until late in her teens.
In November 1999, Alexandra was selected by the World Federation of United Nations Associations to lead a Global Arts Initiative involving more than 100 nations. In 2005, Alexandra Nechita unveiled her United Nations Peace Monument for Asia in Singapore, to be displayed at the Catholic High School. She was also tapped to make a series of paintings named "Winning Together" for the Special Olympics.
In the media
In August 2011, Nechita was featured in an article on The Age website. The piece was about investors "spending up big" at art auctions on P&O Cruises. A novice collector claimed he had been misled into paying high prices for Nechita's work, when she "had almost no profile among art experts." 
In January 2014, Nechita married Dimitri Tcharfas, a principle of the Los Angeles-based fashion design firm Suh-Tahn.
- Bell, Suzanne Comer, ed. Outside the Lines: Alexandra Nechita, Longstreet Press, Inc., Atlanta, GA
- Alexandra Nechita, IMDb. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
- "New music direction debuts at Orange Lutheran". Orange County Register. October 20, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
- Alexandra Nechita, Young People Who Rock, CNN.com, November 26, 2007.
- Louise Schwartzkoff (August 10, 2011) "Cruise liner's art auctions leave investors all at sea", The Age.
- Alexandru Manea (January 15, 2014) "Romance: 'Little Picasso' married!"