Alexandra Nechita

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Alexandra Nechita
Alexandra Nechita.jpg
Alexandra Nechita in 2010
Born (1985-08-27) August 27, 1985 (age 29)
Vaslui, Romania
Nationality Romanian, American
Movement Cubism
Spouse(s) Dimitri Tcharfas

Alexandra Nechita (born August 27, 1985)[1] is a Romanian American cubist painter and philanthropist. She was dubbed the "Petite Picasso" by the media and the art community and is widely acclaimed for her paintings and vision of art.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

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.[3] At the time, she was a student at Faith Lutheran School, a private school in Orange County. In 1995, at the age of ten, Nechita was taken to Paris to work at the Mourlot Studios. In the same year, she became the youngest artist to sign with International Art Publishers.[4] When Alexandra graduated, she gave her teachers a special painting that she had painted.

Career[edit]

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.[5] She was known as a child prodigy until late in her teens.[6][7]

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.[8] In 2005, Alexandra Nechita unveiled her United Nations Peace Monument for Asia in Singapore, to be displayed at the Catholic High School. Her artwork has been sold and displayed at various locations in the world and her collectors include Ellen DeGeneres, Alec Baldwin, Oprah Winfrey, Melissa Etheridge, Lee Iacocca, Calvin Klein, Whoopi Goldberg, Little Richard and Paul Stanley of the rock group Kiss.[9][10] The theatre at her high school, Lutheran High School of Orange County is named after her.[11]

Nechita is on the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service.[12]

Media[edit]

Alexandra was interviewed by CNN's Nicole Lapin on the series Young People Who Rock in November 2007.[13] She has appeared on television news and talk shows around the world, including NBC's Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News and CBS Sunday Morning.[14] She has received numerous awards and honors which include Outstanding Artist of the Year (Lincoln Center for Arts New York); Most Fascinating Woman of the Year (Ladies' Home Journal in conjunction with CBS TV); Outstanding Young person Award (Osaka, Japan); and Woman of the Year by the American Red Cross.[15] People magazine included her among its 100 most interesting people.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Alexandra graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a degree in Fine Arts and currently lives in Los Angeles. In January 2014, she married longtime friend and fashion designer Dimitri Tcharfas.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexandra Nechita, IMDb. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Wilbanks, Carri (October 28, 2013). ""Petite Picasso" Alexandra Nechita To Visit Colorado". Catchcarri.com. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bryce, Terri (September 9, 2007). "Love, peace from 'Petite Picasso'". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Hosier, Anne (October 3, 1997). "Romanian child artist creates painting to celebrate Agassi fund-raiser". The Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ "‘Little Picasso’ dedicates work to victim". The Japan Times. January 17, 2001. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ Holmstrom, David (July 1, 1998). "Alexandra Nechita: Parenting A 'Pint-Sized Picasso' in Braces". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ Hosfeld, Suzi (February 28, 2007). "Artist prodigy brings her genius to Naples". Naples Daily News. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Prodigal Painter, Alexandra Nechita, Returns to Houston". Guidry News Houston. April 13, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ Painting Like Pablo, People Magazine. June 10, 1996 Vol. 45 No. 23
  10. ^ "Alexandra Nechita Artwork". London Arts Group. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ "New music direction debuts at Orange Lutheran". Orange County Register. October 20, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Our Board of Selectors". Jefferson Awards. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ Alexandra Nechita, CNN.com. Retrieved. November 26, 2007.
  14. ^ "Artist Alexandra Nechita To Appear at Wentworth Gallery Splash". Splash Magazines. May 21, 2005. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  15. ^ Amato, Joey (July 14, 2014). "Alexandra Nechita Exhibition". Millburn-Short Hills Patch. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  16. ^ Court, Rob (May 11, 2005). "The Elements of Art and Alexandra Nechita". The Scribbles Institute. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  17. ^ Berciu, Geo (January 16, 2014). ""Micuţa Picasso" s-a măritat cu un designer". Unica.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved January 28, 2014. 

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