John & Elli Milan’s marriage and spiritual life inspires their on-canvas painting collaboration. With over 10 years of collaboration experience, John & Elli Milan’s art career has taken them around the world and has been seen all over Europe, the Unites States and Canada. Their love story began in Honolulu, HI where they met and soon blossomed together into refined fine art painters. They now reside in Queen Creek, AZ where they started The Milan Art Institute and offer all levels of painting courses from beginner, to technical to mastery. Elli describes their style as “aggressive and spontaneous layers of paint which create a bright and playful scenario that is interwoven with hints of narrative.”
John & Elli rarely talk in detail about each piece they start. Elli will begin the conversation by asking John what he is moved to paint next. John will reply with an object or theme and will start the painting. Elli will pick up where John left off and add her own unique vision to the piece. The canvas can be exchanged back and forth countless times before each of them agree that the piece is finished. The result is a brand new vision that neither John nor Elli could have imagined on their own.
Incorporating mixed media elements such as layers of paper to give extra texture and dynamics to each piece, the Milans’ heavy use of symbolism is characteristic of their artistic style. The Milans infuse each of their pieces of art with bold colors and stylized brush strokes to reflect the power of a meaningful and spiritual dialogue with a higher power or within one’s self.
Their art career has lead them to exhibit in Sala de Exposiciones Depositio de Aguas Canal Isabel II in association with the Vatican and Pope Benedict’s visit to Madrid in Spain in 2011 and spend summers annually in Greece on their Art Excursion Tours. All four of John & Elli’s children show very strong artistic promise (Dimitra Milan, another BSP artist, was published at age 15).
John & Elli’s art is meant to start a conversation, allowing each symbol to convey a multitude of meanings and propel their audience into a realm of pure wonder and revelation. The combination of two hearts pouring onto one canvas is what makes this extraordinary couple a dynamic force in the world of fine art.
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