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Artist teaches the ancient work of Byzantine religious icons

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MADISON (WKOW) -- He's been in Madison for 11 years teaching an ancient art form difficult for many to master.

Students from all over Wisconsin come to his studio in Madison to learn how to paint Byzantine religious icons. Drazen Dupor learned the ancient art form in Greece and he now wants to pass along his craft to students hoping to continue the tradition and detail of religious icons.

Drazen was raised in Croatia and that's where he started his career as an artist before opening a studio in Greece. You will usually see religious icons painted in churches. Students study under him for at least five years before they're ready to paint in churches. He likes to display icons on wood or canvas using various paints and gold leafs.

It's a very spiritual art work. Icons are said to be written while the artist is in prayer.

Drazen was born in Gracac in 1966. He was raised and educated in Croatia where he started his career as an artist. In 1987 he became a member of the “Klik” Artist Association. He studied the art of icon painting in Thessalonica at the K.N. Georgiadis School of Art under the supervision of Zlatko Bomestar.

For more information about Drazen and his studio located in Madison, click here.


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