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Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!

Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.


Amazing Kid! of the Month for August, 2007:
Amazing Young Artist, Osailys "Osita" Avila Milian; Havana City, Cuba

August's Amazing Kids! of the Month: Osailys 'Osita' Avila Milian
Amazing Young Artist Osailys 'Osita' Avila Milian


Quotes of the Month:

“Painting gives me the opportunity to be transported to a place of calmness and serenity. This state of mind is then reflected in my artwork.”

“Don’t stop to create, keep going. This world is so beautiful, and we have to preserve its beauty and our ability to feel and be human.”
~ Osita Milian, age 15
Amazing Young Artist
Havana City, Cuba


August's Amazing Kids! of the Month:

When it comes to ways of communication, most people immediately think of speaking, listening, and writing. Although not always viewed as such, art is also undoubtedly a form of communication due to its ability and power to express the artist’s emotions as well as evoke thoughts and feelings from the audience. While when individuals often associate the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, or Vincent Van Gogh with the term “artist”, this word truly encompasses many more individuals than those distinguished few. Osailys Avila Milian from Havana City, Cuba is one such person that proves an artist is not only a title or profession, but rather someone who inspires others thorough messages concealed in his or her artwork.

Amazing Kids! is pleased to present to you the inspiring story of Osita Milian from Havana City, Cuba, our August Amazing Kids! of the Month.   Read her story below and who knows?  Perhaps you will be inspired to discover the "hidden" artist in you just waiting to create your own works of art!

And don't forget, if you, or a young person (or persons!) you know, has an amazing project you are involved in, or a special skill, talent or ability you want to tell the world about, be sure to let Amazing Kids! know about it! Teachers are invited to nominate their entire classroom and the amazing projects they are working on too! Simply complete a nomination form for an Amazing Kid! of the Month award, or email us!


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Amazing Young Cuban Artist, Osita Milian

Osita's Exhibitions
  
Related Links


Amazing Young Cuban Artist, Osita Milian

Amazing Kid! of the Month: Osita Milian
 
Amazing Young Artist Osita at Work

Osailys, referred to as Osita by her family and friends, became interested in painting due to her parents’ love for art and art collection. Osita first began drawing at the age of eight and soon became engrossed in this hobby. At ten years old, Osita attended the elementary school of visual arts, “Jose Antonio Diaz Pelaez”, which she graduated from last year.
Amazing Kid! of the Month: Osita Milian, with her class
Osita and her friends from school

Beginning this September, She will continue her study at the academy of paintings of “San Alejandro” for the next four years.
Amazing Kid! of the Month: Osita Milian's paintings

Amazing Kid! of the Month: Osita Milian's paintings
Two of Osita's paintings


Needless to say, Osita has faced some obstacles throughout her artistic journey. For one thing, Osita’s father splits his time between Cuba and Jamaica, where he works as a dentist. In addition, opportunities don’t simply come to Osita, she must make an effort to find them. Although Osita herself does not have Internet access, a friend of her family does, which is greatly helpful in widening her scope of possible competitions and other opportunities to share her artwork with others. Despite these difficulties, Osita maintains a positive outlook and appreciates the encouragements and support from her father, whom she considers to be her principal mentor.


Amazing Kid! of the Month: Osita
Amazing Artist Osita at her first exhibition,
at Guerrero Gallery, Havana, Cuba; July, 2004



Osita's Exhibitions

Despite her youth, Osita has already had two personal exhibitions of her artworks. The first, held in the Guerrero Gallery, took place in July of 2004 with the theme “Fantasy Paintings”. Osita’s more recent exhibition took place last August under the name “Not Far from the Sea”. Osita looks forward to her next exhibition in January of 2008 and has currently completed three artworks to be displayed. In addition to her exhibitions, Osita’s artwork has also been chosen for the Graphic for Exhibit award in the International Dinosaur Art contest this past March.



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Amazing Kid! of the Month Osita's painting

Osita admits that painting requires a considerable amount of time and effort, for she must paint for her upcoming exhibition while on vacation this summer. Painting, however, has also taught this young artist important things about herself and her passion. For one thing, she has learned that the world is an exciting place and that painting has given her the unique opportunity to remove herself from the anxiety and humdrum of life to a state of peace and serenity. In addition, Osita realizes that although she enjoys painting greatly, perseverance and consistency are the only roads to becoming a better artist. In the future, Osita wishes to raise awareness of, as well as preserve, the beauty of our society. More importantly, Osita hopes to touch more hearts through her paintings and inspire the minds of others to reflect on our world and ourselves as human beings.

Be sure to read Osita's article about her life in Cuba in the Amazing Kids! eZine, Issue #22.  You'll find it under the "Global Village" section:  www.amazing-kids.org/ezine_22/ez.html

To learn more about Osita, or to inquire about purchasing her artwork, please contact Amazing Kids! at:  info@amazing-kids.org.

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Related Links

SNOMNH International Dinosaur Art Contest WebsiteSNOMNH International Dinosaur Art Contest Website:
  http://www.snomnh.ou.edu/dinoart/

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth websiteWikipedia page for Cuba:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuba


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