It’s not many fourth-graders who can impress the Wolf of Wall Street. But Jordan Belfort — the trader-turned-felon who inspired the Scorsese film — …
Previously published in the New York Post
But Jordan Belfort — the trader-turned-felon who inspired the Scorsese film — snapped up a painting this week by 10-year-old painter Andres Valencia. So did “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara. Channing Tatum and artist Shepard Fairey also stopped by Andres’ booth at Art Miami after hearing about the prodigy.
And he already knows how to play the celebrity game: “I’m so happy [Vergara] bought my piece,” Andres told The Post.
While most fourth-graders are finishing up their homework and playing Fortnite, Andres — who has been painting since he was 4 — has become the sensation of Miami Art Week, which includes events like Art Basel.
“I’ve been in the art world for nearly 30 years, and I’ve never witnessed someone this young so talented,” Nick Korniloff, Art Miami’s executive director, told The Post. “The art world’s responsibility is to find the next great artists, and we’ve done that with Andres. He’s gone global in 36 hours.”
In fact, the San Diego native sold his entire collection of 17 paintings in three days. His family is not disclosing prices paid by Belfort or Vergara, but Andres’ work ranges from $5,000 to $20,000.