Over the past quarter century, Elli Milan has been making her mark on the art scene. Her education at both the Savannah College of Art and Design and the University of Georgia helped Elli refine her skill and her passion for art. It was also during her college years that she received a vision of her future life as an artist and art mentor in the New Art Renaissance of the 21st century. Since then, she has worked steadily to live out that vision.
Elli began her professional art career in 1996. Since that time, she has worked in the traditional and the decorative art markets and has sold over 10,000 canvases which now hang in homes, galleries and offices around the world. In 2010, she moved one step closer to realizing her vision when she opened the Milan Art Institute. Over the course of the years since the inception of the art school, Elli has taught thousands of artists how to become professional artists in their own right.
“What I really want people to come away with when they see my artwork is I want them to feel like they went into another world.[...] I also want people to feel empowered when they see my artwork and know that anything is possible and that dreams are worth dreaming. If we believe, we can achieve anything we set our heart to.”
When she realized she had a story worth telling, writing became another canvas for Elli’s art. “The story literally flowed out of me in one night.”
She currently lives in Statham, Georgia on the campus of Milan Art. Her days are divided between creating canvases, hosting the Milan Art podcast, speaking at art events and, in the midst of it all, planning out her next great novel. In the future, Elli would like to establish a permanent art studio in Greece. There, she hopes to honor her Greek heritage and to inspire up-and-coming art students to continue their own artistic journeys, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art cultures in history.