Vladimir Prodanovich was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1952 and began his artistic career at age 7with enrollment in a local art academy where he gained merit and the attention of his teachers. At age 13 he was invited to be an apprentice to a noted Yugoslavian artist, where honed his artistic skills and deepened his understanding of the great masters. In 1983 at the age of 31, Vladimir boarded a plane for “the promised land of America” with $300 in his pocket. Settling in Philadelphia with imperative financial needs, Vladimir earned a living painting cars, homes and billboards, while learning English, but he never abandoned his personal art. Three years later, Prodanovish drove to California where he lived for 27 years and established himself as a serious artist. His artwork, described as neo-expressionist, is highly textured and vibrant. The brilliance in Prodanovich's work comes from the artist's masterful ability to combine seemingly opposite colors to create works of art percolating with energy. Composition and form can vary widely from pure abstraction to figurative. Prodanovich is perhaps best known for drawing inspiration from historical masterworks, modernizing and transforming mature themes into completely contemporary art that is at once deeply rooted in tradition yet thoroughly modern. Vladimir Prodanovich's paintings and sculptures are in numerous private and corporate collections, including the Holocaust Museum in Cathedral City, CA and the Desert Aids Project in Palm Springs, CA. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” in NYC. With this award, he joins an elite group of people which includes six United States Presidents, Rosa Parks, Frank Sinatra, General Colin Powell, Mohammed Ali, Quincy Jones and Jerry Lewis. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Congressional Medal of Honor are the only two medals recognized by the United States Congress. In 2000, the Medal was carried into space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.