John and Elli Milan
John and Elli Milan fell in love in Hawaii while Elli was still in high school. Deciding early to make a career as artists, they enrolled at Savannah College of Art and Design and later transferred to the University of Georgia where they received their BFA in painting. It was in this small, but vital city, that the couple developed personal styles and began showing their work in local galleries. After graduation the couple worked independently but began dreaming about collaborating.
Today, they live their dream and the Milans create their paintings together. Although John and Elli are both accomplished artists on their own, this collaboration brings out a side of their work that neither could reach by themselves. The couple says that their art expresses the exchange between heaven and earth. Their spiritual life is what inspires their artwork and allows them to create together and maintain a unified vision. The end result is aggressive and spontaneous layers of paint which create a bright and playful scenario that is interwoven with hints of narrative.
In 2010 John and Elli opened the Milan Art Institute in Arizona, where they have provided a program to help artists learn classical and contemporary skill, find their voice and style and learn how to market and sell their work. The Milans have a passion for helping people live out their destiny as an artist.
The Milans and their four children live in Queen Creek, Arizona. John and Elli have taught all three of their daughters mastery skills, and style development at the Milan Art Institute. These sisters are all passionate about art and have been dedicated to their careers from a young age. Their abilities, vision, and dedication have inspired many people who have come to know them and have watched them evolve.
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