Chosen by his father out of five kids in the family to be the one to attend school and get a better shot at life, his schooling did not last long. WW II broke out, and took its toll from his family. His brother and sister were killed, and he had lost his right arm after being wounded fighting the Germans. He had struggled long and hard to make it in Belgrade after the war. Handicapped and with no formal education, working as a doorman, his nostalgia for the village he had left lead him to painting. His colors are mild, yet full, he tries to capture his own memories of the happy childhood days, and express the joy of discovering the way to express himself.