Artist "Professor Alex Dzigurski" (Serbian, 1911 - 1995) was born of Serbian
parents in Stari Becej, Yugoslavia.
He received a formal education in art at Belgrade's School of Art and in
1936 graduated from the Academy of Art in Munich, Germany. Upon
completion of his studies in Germany, the young artist returned to his
native country and embarked on his career in art, devoting himself
primarily to portraiture and then to sacred painting.
His reputation grew and he was commissioned to decorate the interior of
seven churches. He was, however, never allowed to finish his last
commission as World War II erupted and Germany invaded his country. After
serving in World War II, Dzigurski returned home, but life under Tito?s
communist regime quickly became unbearable for the artist. He fled to
Italy where he remained for several years, painting along the Adriatic
and Mediterranean coasts and, in 1949, emigrated with his wife and
daughter to the United States.
The artist then traveled the United States extensively as well as Canada
and Europe, devoting his time to painting ocean views and landscapes.
Marine paintings, though, were without a doubt his forte. A New York
Times critic once characterized Dzigurski as "poet of the sea" and
commented that "few marine painters have been able to tell the story of
the sea so beautifully. His water is wet, deep and alive"! Be it a
captivating scene of the California Coast, a majestic view of the Grand
Tetons or a panorama of the Rockies, the paintings are pure magic.
The artist was unavoidably drawn to the sea, although mountainous
landscapes dramatically touched him as well they reminded him of happy
days spent as a young artist in the Alps. today, the works of Alexander
Dzigurski are found in many prestigious collections, such as those of
Nelson Rockefeller, Henry Ford II, and Thomas La Follette, and are on
permanent display at the Ford Museum in Detroit.
Note: The above photo is that of Professor Alex Dzigurski and his son.