Art Brokerage: Vladimir Prodanovich Serbian Artist: b. 1952. Vladimir Prodanovich, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1952) began his artistic career at age 7. As a young boy Vladimir attended a local art show and entered a contest and won third prize. At the age of 13 he was invited to be an apprentice to a noted Yugoslavian artist where, for the next 10 years, Vladimir learned to hone his artistic skills. In 1983 at the age of 31, Vladimir boarded an airplane for “the promised land of America” with $300 in his pocket. His first home was in Philadelphia were he painted cars, homes and billboards, while still finding the time to paint on his own and learn English. His artwork, described as neo-expressionist, is highly textured and vibrant. Composition and form can vary widely but are all executed with mastery. Vladimir Prodanovich has many collectors worldwide. He is also known for his philanthropy. Every year he donates paintings to various organizations to raise money for charities. For his efforts, he was awarded the prestigious “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” in NYC, in 2011. This honor has been bestowed upon greats such as: 6 US presidents, Rosa Parks, Frank Sinatra, General Colin Powell, Mohammed Ali, Quincy Jones and Jerry Lewis. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, aside from the Congressional Medal of Honor, is the only Medal recognized by both the House of Representatives and by Congress.