About Milan Art Institute


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24915 South 220th Street, Queen Creek, AZ 85142

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Our Story

John and Elli Milan were high school sweethearts and went to art school together at Savannah College of Art and Design. When she was 19, Elli received a vision for an art movement that she would be a key component of. It was an incredibly powerful experience and she had a deep knowing of future events. Her life would never be the same. The Milans started their art career in 1996 and both sold work full-time as professional artists until 2010. That’s when they opened the Milan Art Institute. Elli finally understood how her vision of creating a movement could become a reality. Although they were changing lives in their community, they still felt that they were destined for more. In 2018, their business went online and they realized that they started what will become world-wide movement.

The Milan family works harmoniously with each other: their art businesses and daily lives all work to promote and embolden the Milan Art Institute. As a family, they share their dreams and desires almost daily. They dream of a time when the earth is filled with people who do what they love, what they were created for. A time when everyone devotes themselves to their passion and everything their hand touches is done with excellence. The Milans believe the grand notion that they are mobilizing a movement of artists who don’t settle for a mediocre 9 to 5. They don’t just teach this, they model it too. Their determination is to cultivate artists that are not egotistical or flaky, but valiant, mature, generous and reliable people who see their role as a leader in society and shift culture forward into a better age. 




The Milan family is passionate about awakening a dream that has been asleep inside the artist for a long time. The Milan family stirs, provokes and inspires artists so that they  believe in their dream. Students who commit to the Milan Art Institute classes see themselves draw and paint with excellence, accuracy, and beauty. As they move through the Mastery Program, they start to find their voice and delve into the depths of self discovery. As they finish the Program, they learn how to create a cohesive portfolio and a successful marketing plan. They launch their art business with a personal brand. They know their super power and they have the confidence and determination to actually live their dream of being a professional artist. The Milan family is completely devoted and fully committed to helping other artists. They love being a part of the process and seeing a person transform from apathy and mediocrity to a life of purpose and passion. 

As a family, the Milans have rallied a team of dedicated and talented people who are committed to the same vision. They are exceptional creatives who are painters, entrepreneurs, writers, poets, web designers, businessmen, photographers, video creators, editors, graphic designers, personalities, managers, musicians and above all romantics who are crazy enough to believe they can change the world. 

The Milan Art Institute has turned a passion into a profession for hundreds of students. Beginners and professionals come here to master skills, learn new techniques, and join an ever-expanding community of artists. The purpose of the Milan Art Institute is to enlighten and educate a worldwide audience about the transformational power of the visual arts.

Our Mentors

Elli Milan

Founding owner of Milan Art Institute, who has sold her work professionally for the last 24 years. Elli has transformed the lives of hundreds of artists from all over the world, helping them find their voice, and turn their passion for art into a profession. She is passionate about the role of an artist in contemporary culture and a leading voice of the current Art Renaissance.

Dimitra Milan

Generated over a million dollars of artwork sales by the age of 15. Dimitra Milan paintings are collected world-wide. She is pioneering a new age of artist influencers on social media, spreading beauty across the entire planet. She is a mentor at Milan Art Institute and passionate about equipping artists to change the world with their art.

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