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Overview Ten-year-old prodigy Akiane Kramarik shares her artwork, poetry, and her fascinating story in this collection of the best of her full-color paintings and poetry created from ages 4-10, along with details of her family and the amazing stories that surround each unique artwork.
Ten-year-old prodigy Akiane Kramarik shares her artwork, poetry, and the fascinating story surrounding her talent. Growing up in a home with an atheistic mother and a non-participating Catholic father did not stop four-year-old Akiane Kramarik from finding God. This girl's dreams began a conversation in the home that has eventually brought them all to Christianity and the world's attention. Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry is a collection of the best of Akiane's full-color paintings and poetry created from ages 4 to 10, along with details of her family and the amazing stories that surround each unique artwork. Already a media professional, Akiane has been interviewed on programs such as Oprah, World News Tonight, Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN, and Schuller's Hour of Power. Akiane will be one of twenty visual artists participating in the October "Listen" event raising money for the world's needy children. Today Akiane's art is available online at www.artakiane.com.
From Publishers Weekly Though 12th-century mystic Hildegard of Bingen began receiving visions at the
extraordinarily young age of five, she was in her early 40s before she
revealed them to the public in her writings, artwork and music. Not so for
Idaho-born Akiane, a media star who, at the age of 10, confidently reveals her
divinely inspired artwork and poetry to the wider world. The book is divided
into three parts, the first section being the story of Akiane's life and her
visions (which first began at the age of four) as told by her mother-a kind of
hagiography of sorts. It's well meaning, but generally stilted and flat in its
prose. Most interesting are parts two and three, the second section devoted
to full color depictions of Akiane's paintings (vivid, fantasy-like portraits
in color and scene), and the third a selection of her poetry. Even more
interesting-yet unfortunately left unexplored in any real depth-is the
question of how to understand Akiane in the context of Christian
spirituality. Is she a mystic? A precociously gifted child? The product of
smart agents and advertising? All of the above? Readers will have to decide
those questions for themselves. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business
Citations And Professional Reviews Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry by Akiane Kramarik has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 10/17/2005 page 56
Christian Retailing - 03/20/2006 page 11
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.3" Width: 9.1" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849900441 ISBN13 9780849900440 UPC 023755026538
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Nothing has prepared us for Akiane! Lou Dobbs, Lou Dobbs Show, CNN Akiane is obviously gifted! Oprah, Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC Akiane s life began in an unusual way, with an underwater home birth in a shack on the edge of a cornfield. Although during her first years the family experienced severe hardships, Akiane was growing up in a nurturing home-schooling environment. Her mother was a Lithuanian immigrant teacher and her father a chef from Chicago. In their rural Illinois home the family had no friends, no relatives, no television or radio, and their life was quite simple: long walks in nature, open conversations, and hands on explorations of knowledge. When Akiane was four years old, even though the family was indifferent to spirituality or religion, suddenly she started experiencing vivid impressions about invisible realms and a great desire to express them through art utilizing whatever medium was found on hand: candles, lipstick, fruits, vegetables, charcoal or pencils. Though once in while she would share many details about the self-aware universes she was seeing, most of her spiritual experiences, however, she kept secret, so as not to overwhelm her parents. It is not time yet for you to know what I see. When that time comes, then you will know. Whether it was Akiane s vivid imagination or real experiences, her realistic drawings of mostly faces, undoubtedly impressed everybody, and during the first local art exhibitions people often had a hard time believing that the work could actually be created by such a young child. Soon afterwards, Akiane plunged into the world of colors, and a few more years later into the world of poetry leaving her family and audiences puzzled. Gradually the days became filled with thinking, painting and writing, and at the tender age of eight the self-taught prodigy completed her first five-foot long oil paintings mastering realism equal to that of a seasoned artist. The media took immediate notice, and her unique story rapidly circled the nation. Oprah Winfrey was the first to discover this nine-year-old s gift, and once she shared it during her show, Akiane s fame took off. Soon every continent was reporting her breathtaking story. Since then, she has been called a genius, a prodigy, a crystal child, an indigo, a messenger, a visionary, an ambassador, and the first true master of the 21st century. Completely unconcerned about all the labels or the accolades about her, Akiane, now fifteen, continues to express herself through art and poetry, inspiring and changing countless lives one person at a time. Those who have gotten to know this young genius, find her joyful, gentle, dedicated, modest and unpretentious. The young painter seems to be completely focused on her work getting up at four in the morning, for many hours painting in her studio, detail after detail, layer after layer, month after month sometimes spending as much as four months on a single masterpiece. During her leisure Akiane loves writing her poetry and novels, composing on a piano, brushing up on four languages, fashion designing, sewing and playing with her four brothers. She will frolic with her golden retriever and a few close friends in the forest and even draw in the coloring books along with the youngsters, just to have fun. It seems that she can equally connect with all age groups, and lives who come in contact with Akiane are seldom the same: hundreds of children decide to follow in Akiane s footsteps and pursue self-education by following their true passion. Akiane plans to continue publishing books, travel with her art and poetry around the world and help needy families with the funds from her gallery sales and auctions. I see ordinary life in an extraordinary world, and I see extraordinary life in an ordinary world. Everything is One. We are all connected. If we experienced the present through eternity and eternity through the present, we would know true Love. she explains in her upcoming book, Eternity Is Not That Long. Both the paintings and the poetry that accompany her images often are filled with riddles, symbols and codes. Her style appears to be unusually versatile and profoundly complex as if she is trying to reveal the deepest workings of the unknown. Akiane seems to have an awareness of reality, seen or unseen, that penetrates deeper than that of the ordinary human. She chooses her subjects from vastly different epochs or realms and real life models from all over the world and from all the races. The images of her original masterpieces are finished to such an ultra-realistic level that it transcends her canvas and transports the viewer into the artist s world of experientially authentic reality. Many of the world s leaders, royalty, scientists, media, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and celebrities have been acquainted with her art or collecting it. Her art exhibitions have been held in museums, galleries, embassies, private mansions, universities, institutes, monasteries, churches, hotels and co