According to her website, Akiane Kramarik is an internationally recognized prodigy, and is considered the youngest binary genius in both realism art and poetry. Akiane has been featured in over 100 international television shows and documentaries. She is the best-selling author of two books “Akiane: her life, her art, her poetry” and Akiane: My Dream is Bigger Than I. Akiane has original masterpieces that sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, making Akiane the most successful living visual child art prodigy of the world.
Akiane has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Katie Couric Show, Peter Jennings World News Tonight, Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer and many others. Akiane began her earliest sketches at an impressive age of four years old, and we think you will agree her art far surpasses her age, even now, at 19. We are pleased to present our interview with Akiane Kramarik:
TTN: Akiane, I’ve read that you work every day. Is the creative process something you feel you work at, or does inspiration come to you on a regular basis?
AKIANE: To me inspiration is like finding Waldo, you end up finding other objects before you find Waldo, the main character.
There is always an opportunity for endless inspiration on the canvas, but sometimes I have to get through 3 or 4 layers in order to finally find my polished idea.
TTN: Where do you find inspiration?
AKIANE: Inspiration always waits for me anywhere and anytime. I am the type of person who accumulates all kinds of experiences whether be it opinions, conversations, burdens and/or visions, and then later I depict them through my art and writings.
TTN: Walk us through a typical day of work for you.
AKIANE: I wake up at 3 in the morning, paint for 4-5 hours, jog, then plunge into my hobbies, whether it is studying, writing, music, animation or poetry.
I then brainstorm and develop new ideas for my future projects and endeavors.
Afterward, I tutor my two younger brothers. (which takes me longer than anything else, but I love it.)
TTN: What have you seen, or do you see as your biggest personal challenge as an artist?
AKIANE: The biggest challenge I face is not having enough hours in the day!
TTN: You have also begun writing poetry, can you talk about some of your artistic endeavors outside of painting and how those came about?
Yes, I began writing at age seven, published my first poetry/art book at ten, and my second poetry book at twelve.
I am broadening my artistic range whether it is in sculpting, animation, photography or mixed media. Since I challenge myself with different art styles, the results usually lead to the completion of my paintings.
TTN: How do you define art?
AKIANE: Art mimics our true soul. It is a physical form that invites viewers into their personal space, letting them experience immaturity, pureness, courage, kindness, obscurity, challenges and love.
TTN: What source or sources of strength can you share with struggling young artists?
AKIANE: Patience is something you cannot buy. Patience is something you earn. No matter how good an artist is he/she will always at some point come across a hurdle.
The key is to critique your work as if you are someone else viewing it for the first time. You must place all emotions aside and create for yourself a different perspective, as if to become another person. This is the best way to see outside the box, so you can see your mistakes and turn them onto something magnificent.
TTN: You have accomplished so much as an artist at such a young age, what do you feel the next ten years will hold for you?
AKIANE: The next ten years will be expanding my spectrum as an artist and creating an Art Academius which will allow students to participate in the arts, develop their talents, think beyond expectations, rules and theories.