"We are exploring the depths of our creative voice together."
John and Elli Milan met in Hawaii while John was “beach bumming” and 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 together.
Today, the Milans live their dream and create paintings together. John and Elli are both accomplished artists
on their own and this collaboration brings out a side of their work that neither could reach by themselves. Their
spiritual life is what inspires their artwork and allows them to create together while maintaining 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.
The Milans travel extensively to Greece and these trips inspire their artwork and life. Every year the Milans bring
a group of artists to Greece where they paint the beautiful scenery and have a great art adventure. The couple
is passionate about helping other artists discover their voice and build a successful art career. They founded the
Milan Art Institute in 2010 and have plans to expand it in Greece.
The Milans and their four children live in Queen Creek, Arizona. Their studio and art school is prolific and
open year-round. The Milans are well-established artists with careers that have seen their work in galleries and
private collections in Canada, Europe, and the United States.