A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Radovan Trnavac Mića

Radovan Trnavac was born in 1950 in Kragujevac. He grew up in Valjevo, where he developed his talent and love for art. Having become an artist after graduating at the Academy of Art, Trnavac nourished his talent by making 26 documentary films on his colleagues. He also won a number of awards for his paintings and sculptures while he was still very young. Radovan Trnavac has made a living as an artist since the age of 20.

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Back in 1970, Trnavac found the right life approach and the most efficient way to tackle its problems. He perceived its strength and exploited them to stride further and higher, towards new shapes, new paintings and new opportunities to touch the rainbow.

He has had 33 solo exhibitions in former big Yugoslavia (SFRJ), Serbia, Macedonia, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, the United States and a number of other countries. He also had more than 700 group exhibitions all over the world.

Trnavac is like a sailor at sea in his art. He is inseparably tied to his work, but also very restrained in his judgments and predictions. He is cautious and isn't trying to be bigger than he is. This kind of wise and talented modesty, combined with genuine confidence, is a virtue typical only for seamen and the above-mentioned painter.

He picks and chooses his expressions, colors and forms. His perceptions and expressions are close to ours. He is hard working painter and very dedicated to his work. He thrives on his paints in black, blue and green, but encourages people to change it for the better.

"I want to believe that one day there will be no homeless and hungry people, especially no hungry children".

Trnavac is strong and lively. He is versatile and colorful, always full of surprises, but most of all firmly committed to himself and his work. He is engaged to each and every one of his paintings and therefore to the reputation he enjoys.

He has been living in New York since 1981. Many of his paintings are exhibited in museums and galleries in New York, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, Holland, Japan, Macedonia and former Yugoslavia.

"The artist's move from Belgrade to New York reflected in his paintings. The overall mood has shifted from tortured anguish to cautious optimism. Objects are allowed to float freely in space heightening the surrealistic drama and creating a dialectic relation between concrete imagery and formal abstraction. These paintings by Radovan Trnavac are provocative, powerful and meaningful. The power lies not in any grand statement but in their poetic vision and as all good poetry, their meaning is revealed" - Robert H. Browning

In his paintings we can see that long and hard journeys have the good side too. They rescue us from the primitive judgements, cheap expressions and reflexions. He achieved the power of duration. His paintings hide Fenix inside. With every painting, sculpture, exhibition and award, with every new project, he reaffirms himself. On the other hand he wathes us, impounds and learns.

"Today we are daily confronted by offering answer, without question. This comforting beauty art may have its place, I do not know. But what is art that raises question, period? It is the latter quality that makes the recent works of Mića born Radovan Trnavac so compelling, so dangerous. Mića's self-conscious, deeply-felt supranational and responsiveness to universals expressed his salvation. For us, Radovan Trnavac Mića's work is a catalyst spurring an inner search; a dialogue between our primitive self, with its reflexive, socially-conditioned response to divisive symbols; flags, crucifix, Star of David; and our higher, compassionate human being, that, at some level perhaps unconscious permits us to experience kinship with and compassion for fellow man, to care about the state and fate of our planet. Through his bush he conveys his confidence in us. Mića intuits that merely suggesting malaise in our time by means of art is more real than the ego-controlled illusion we call the reality of which we so often speak, but do not heed: that, in the end, we will do what is right. We will find our own answers. In the end, Radovan Trnavac Mića's optimism is justified." - George J. Robinson

His native country is a ray of sunlight to him. He has seen many cities and countries. He has traveled and painted at the same time, in air and at sea. He has learned what the world can offer. He has learned about other living beings, seas, mountains, people, settlements, customs, languages and coexistence between man and nature ...

"I believe in nature and its laws. I think there is no justification for destroying nature and killing animals. That is modern mankind's unforgivable sin..."

He is a man of many talents. He gives all he has with every stroke of the brush when he paints, which is why he has become a source of ideas.

I no longer care how well one can express one's self. I care how well one can do something and how one does it - Nobel Prize winner in literature Ivo Andrić

Radovan Trnavac Mića lives in New York, so far and yet so near. He dedicates every spring to us. He knows how to love and has the will to strive for our culture and our future. He wants to transform us into colorful, talented and stunningly beautiful people.

"I oppose wars of any kind because I believe the civilized world knows other ways of resolving problem peacefully ..."

His paintings show that it would be easy to create heaven on earth for artists of his likes. He has access to each and every road and all the doors of life are open to him.

Wishing to return his kindness, the town of Valjevo has founded the International Art Studio "Radovan Trnavac Mića".

Those who seek happiness in the happiness of as many people they communicate with as possible, have the best chance of finding it... - Ivo Andrić

Radovan Trnavac Mića is an artist who knows that love is a law above all others. He knows that reputation is earned by hard work. One who works hard may not be loved but is always respected. The world is where Mića decides to create.

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Ivan Ciric

Professor of neurosurgery at the University of Chicago Medical School

Ivan S. Ciric was born on December 15, 1933 in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Ciric grew up in Sremski Karlovci. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Belgrade and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Cologne, Germany. Dr. Ciric trained under Professor Wilhelm Tonnis at the University of Cologne from 1961 to 1963 and under Dr. Paul Bucy at Northwestern University Medical School from 1963 to 1967. That year he received additional training in stereotactic surgery under Dr. Claude Bertrand and in pituitary surgery under Dr. Jules Hardy at the Notre Dame Hospital in Montreal. Dr. Ciric is Professor of Neurosurgery at Northwestern University Medical School, Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery and Chief of the Neurosurgery Service at the Evanston Hospital where he holds the Bennett - Tarkington Chair of Neurosurgery.

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Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan

by Bishop Athanasius (Yevtich)

In 2013 Christian world celebrates 1700 years since the day when the Providence of God spoke through the holy Emperor Constantine and freedom was given to the Christian faith. Commemorating the 1700 years since the Edict of Milan of 313, Sebastian Press of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church published a book by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan. The book has 72 pages and was translated by Popadija Aleksandra Petrovich. This excellent overview of the historical circumstances that lead to the conversion of the first Christian emperor and to the publication of a document that was called "Edict of Milan", was originally published in Serbian by the Brotherhood of St. Simeon the Myrrh-gusher, Vrnjci 2013. “The Edict of Milan” is calling on civil authorities everywhere to respect the right of believers to worship freely and to express their faith publicly.

The publication of this beautiful pocket-size, full-color, English-language book, has been compiled and designed by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, a disciple of the great twentieth-century theologian Archimandrite Justin Popovich. Bishop Athanasius' thought combines adherence to the teachings of the Church Fathers with a vibrant faith, knowledge of history, and a profound experience of Christ in the Church.

In the conclusion of the book, the author states:"The era of St. Constantine and his mother St. Helena, marks the beginning of what history refers to as Roman, Christian Empire, which was named Byzantium only in recent times in the West. In fact, this was the conception of a Christian Europe. Christian Byzantine culture had a critical effect on Europe; Europe was its heir, and then consciously forgot it. Europe inherited many Byzantine treasures, but unfortunately, also robbed and plundered many others for its own treasuries and museums – not only during the Crusades, but during colonial rule in the Byzantine lands as well. We, the Orthodox Slavs, received a great heritage of the Orthodox Christian East from Byzantium. Primarily, Christ’s Gospel, His faith and His Church, and then, among other things, the Cyrillic alphabet, too."

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