Girl heroes use and develop the talents they were born with.
In 1987 Alexandra Nechita moved from Romania to the US with her family when she was just 18 months old. At the age of two she began drawing and by five was painting with water colours. At seven she began painting with oil paints and by the time she was eight, she had her first one-girl show at a Library in Los Angeles.
She was dubbed ‘Petite Picasso’ because her style reminded people of the famous abstract painter yet Alexandra had a bold, colourful style all of her own.
‘A lot of inspiration comes from my heart, from my feelings, truly from inside’
Her parents and teachers encouraged her to follow her own style rather than learn more traditional techniques. And they encouraged her not to give up as Alexandra had to ignore negative comments from people, even some friends.
‘All my friends teased me. They laughed, they insulted me – you draw people with four eyes. You draw aliens. But it was what I wanted to do. I wanted to be myself.’
Watch Alexandra paint and talk about her work
By the time she was ten years old, Alexandra had held eight solo exhibitions and her art had sold for over one million dollars. But for Alexandra, now 30 and an acclaimed artist, it has always been about the art.
‘I paint for me. Sometimes people don’t like what you do, it doesn’t mean you should stop.’