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 Charles Billich



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Charles (Carlo) Billich (born 1934, in Lovran, Istria, then in Italy, now part of Croatia) was named Artist of the 1996 Summer Olympics. He is the recipient of the 2000 Sport Artist of the Year Award presented annually by the American Sport Art Museum and Archives.

He was named Designated Artist 2001 Centenary Nobel Peace Prize.

Inspired by his work entitled The Beijing Cityscape, the official image for the successful Beijing bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games, Charles Billich conceived a sensational series of images based on the Bing Ma Yong Terracotta warriors. So well received was this work that the Bing Ma Yong images are represented on a collection of 16 postage stamps currently in circulation in China, adding to the cultural worth of this collection.

Charles Billich's exceptional spirit and talent have been forged by many dramatic personal experiences in a career spanning some forty years and have taken him to the highest pinnacles of artistic success, among which he counts the honour of having his work hung in the The White House, the UN and the Vatican.

Billich paints and draws in all media and sculpts in precious and semi-precious metals.

He paints from what he sees around him. Ballet and sport, architecture and town planning, eroticism and classicism, portraiture and stage, all provide the imagery of his work, and always in a way that challenges the norm. Sport and movement have always been conduits for the immensely talented Billich and much of his work is fuelled by these inspirations. As a fitting balance to this, Humanitarian pieces and works of religious significance are also within the focus of the Artist. Colour, drama, compassion, humanity, the distilled elements of artist Charles Billich life and work, generate the visual impact of his internationally acclaimed achievement.

"Humanity United" is a stirring creation from a brief extended to him by the Australian Red Cross to commemorate the 2001 Centenary of the Nobel Prize for Peace. It was a brief made poignant by the deprivations suffered during a youthful incarceration as a political prisoner in former Yugoslavia which ended only with the intervention of the Red Cross.

Billich was further honoured when Dr José Ramos-Horta, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation for Timor-Leste, requested he paint their Independence painting to honour the determination, courage and patience that the Timorese people have shown in their successful bid for independence.

Then, in June 2004, Billich again fused humanity and fine art when he exhibited at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Hosted by the UN Friendship Club and in another first for an Australian Artist, Billich has been invited back with his "Humanity United" collection in September 2006.

Inspired by his work "The Beijing Cityscape", the official image for the successful Beijing bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games, Charles Billich has conceived a sensational series of images based on the Bing Ma Yong Terracotta Warriors. These world heritage listed historic treasures have been transposed through the art of Billich into images of the New Millennium, imbuing them with a new life and an everlasting future. The collection of images, portray the Bing Ma Yong Terracotta Warriors in a series of fabulous sporting compositions challenging the conventions of space and time.

Fostering further his commitment to China and Beijing 2008, in June 2004 Billich completed "Jubilation China's 100 Year Olympic Dream Realised" - a piece depicting the triumph, joy and celebration that followed the announcement of China's victory in the quest to be the next Olympic host nation.

His Olympic involvement continues and in this vein Billich created a symbolic cityscape painting of the 2008 Olympic Water Sports Venue Qingdao, which has been presented to the Mayor and the Beijing Olympic Committee in Qingdao in July 2005.

Demonstrating that his skills and imagination have no boundaries on the playing field of sports art, Charles Billich also created "The World In Union." This is the official image of the Rugby World Cup 2003. It captures the essence of a great sporting event together with an artistic design that is unmistakably representative of the host nation.

Charles Billich has received the coveted "Honorary Citizen of Atlanta" and the Key to the City during the Centennial Games; the title Sports Artist of the Year 2000, an Honorary Doctorate and the "Order of the Eagle Exemplar" - three of the world's most prestigious awards from the United States Sports Academy and American Sport Art Museum. In 2004 he has also assumed the role of Trustee of this premier sports education facility. Moreover, Charles Billich has been decorated with the Olympic Gold Order by the French Ministry of Sport for his contributions to the French Olympic Team during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

A master craftsman, he has exhibited at some of the world's best venues, has been an honoured guest and resident artist on many occasions and the recipient of many prizes, such as the Spoleto Prize in Italy. His editions and originals adorn boardrooms, galleries and collections across five continents.

Charles Billich dreams of a "peaceful, harmonious world, its values determined by compassion and human inherent nobility of spirit."

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