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Who is Don Camillo

Don Camillo the audience in St. Father John Paul II

Don Camillo the audience in St. Father John Paul II

Each work has its roots, every existence has its birth. All the time begins. Centro Arte Studio is no exception. At its birth has the greatest share of the Greek priest Kamil Dráb, artistic name Don Camillo.

Born on 3 February 1969 in Kosice as the eldest son of Francis and Helen. After two years the young family moved to Russians Peklian and thence to the village shortly hop region Prešov. There he attended primary school, nine-year Gymnasium and continued studies in Presov Konštantínova the street. They successfully completed a school-leaving exam in 1987. Followed by theological study in Bratislava cyrilometodějská Roman Catholic Theological Faculty, which were suspended in 1990 "Velvet Revolution." He continued his studies in Poland Tuchów who completed Master's examination on May 28, 1993 at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow. The priest was Ordained May 30, 1993 in Michalovce.

As a priest he worked first in the Old Lubovna (1993-1994), then in Toronto, Canada (1994-1996), and finally again in the Old Lubovna (1996-2005). In 2005, the unusual began pastoral work of Don Camilla and studying mosaics and religious art in Rome, the Centro Aletti, led by Jesuits o. Kard. T. Špidlík and o. M. Rupnik. Since 2007, Don Camillo operates in Slovakia. In his studio creates art works of different character, which many beautiful sacral buildings in Slovakia.

What is the Centro Arte

Scaldafero, Italy - implementation of Mosaic

Scaldafero, Italy - implementation of Mosaic

The very name of the Centro Arte wants to be a kind of continuation of the Italian Centro Aletti, place of residence Don Camilla study in 2005-2007. Kontinuácia affects not only the name, but most of the artistic center of the cartridge.

From history we know that the picture was the first, albeit primitive, but nonetheless the only means of communication and dialogue between people. Despite its simplicity fulfill its mission. People were able to interact and exchange experiences, or disposed of to various reports. The proof is the countless prehistoric cave paintings and reliefs, then the catacombs with their illustrations. Even the first ancient script rather than drawing letters. The picture became a means of communication and of Christ himself. Prefer it to the spoken word especially if it was a difficult and complex catechesis. Talking about the Father's mercy, offer the image - the son parable extravagance, love of neighbor - said the image of Good Samaritan. The Parable of the vineyard and vine, the fig tree, the vine and the branches, the wheat and weeds, and many others. Even modern period confirms that the image in its symbolism is the most versatile means of communication. Confirming the computer technique in which texts have been replaced by "icons," which means everyone.

Let us now an icon of which we have just mentioned. This technical term has its origins in Christian art icons of the Eastern rite, which is perhaps the most typical feature. Icon (from gr. Eikón) nor to images, rather than a spiritual concept, a reflection of something alive in the human mind, the image model. The icon is a picture of God's Word. Unity Word of God and the image is the top icon. This unity is achieved by communication, which is the essential attribute icons. Looking to communicate with the figure of the icon. Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the Logos is revealed as the Son of the image, which is available to us. Know Him and know the Father through Him. Link to picture the relationship to the person shown. The picture is therefore only a mediator between the observer and the person shown. Basil the Great was the first to say that "... the image are shown deference model."

The icon is the right place so the actual communication between man and God, and thus between man and man. This is fertile ground for the development of iconography, or image icons in all its possible forms, which is the mission of the Centro Arte studio. Is this a direct mission to deliver and offer today's world picture in which all communicate and thus to integrate. Studio offers an alternative picture, icons, to "the image of today's world," which people are fed, and yet still feel hungry. In a world rich in images are intrinsically poor. Centro Arte wants to enhance its activity in this area just human life - its interior. This is its mission. It aims to provide a forum for those who carry within them a desire to create for the benefit of others.

Who are the Centro Arte

MI Rupnik and Don Camillo

MI Rupnik and Don Camillo

In the forefront of all activities of the studio is Don Camillo. It is the one responsible for all activities and their zdarný course. This experience serves him already past twenty years, during which deals with writing icons. In this period, perhaps it is worth mentioning its involvement in establishing the Society of St. Ikonopiscov. Cyril and Methodius in Slovakia, based in Kosice. His role in this association was mainly leadership Icon Painting courses vovádzanie the issues of technical writing canon icons, including their theological depth.

Icon Painting its formation also contributed to perhaps najnezabudnuteľnejším moment in the life of the Greek Catholic Church in Slovakia - beatifikáciou o. Metod Dominik Trcka CSsR, and design icons of the blessed occasion of the statement in Rome on 4 November 2001. But it was time to major events in the closest relatives of the new Blessed, but especially to pp. Father John Paul II.

During its tenure in the Old Lubovna a particular activity, but particularly the cultural benefits for the Greek Catholics there may he was awarded the Old City on May 6 Lubovna December 2001 from the hands of Dr. Mayor. In. Jaržembovského.

New stage in the life of Don Camilla brought the study in Rome from the combined mosaics. During the two years has participated in many realizations mosaics. It was as in Madrid (Spain), Como-Lago, Verona, Scaldafero (Italy), Ljublana (Slovenia), Cluj-Napoca (Romania).
Current Don Camillo operates in Slovakia, where it seeks to studio Centro Arte fulfill its mission. During the short period of longer pursue implement several different kinds of works. Until now, perhaps his greatest work is a mosaic of the Greek temple in Spisska Nova Ves. For this contribution to the field of religious art in this city he was awarded the Mayor, which he personally received from the hands of Mayor Spisska Nova Ves, 30 April 2009.

Work on the mosaic is the work of one man. This was the Centro Aletti in Italy, where she worked for a group of artists, and so even if the Slovak Centro Arte. Besides the person Don Camilla, there are also others with which it cooperates. Among them are Mark Strachan born. 17. December 1984, derived from the Old Lubov, who is a student Jeseniova Medical Faculty of Comenius University in Martin, like John Strachan born. 14. April 1989. Furthermore Ing. Martin Jančišin, nar.11. November 1976 from the Old Lubov, who graduated from Wood Technology at the Technical University in Zvolen. Then it's Janko Lukačovská, nar.5. September 1987, derived from the Old Ľubovňa studying at Comenius University in Bratislava, Department of Applied Psychology. Another person involved in the puzzle is also Ivana Oravcová of Old Ľubovňa born. 9. July 1989. Studying at the Veterinary University in Kosice, Department of Pharmacy. Girls trio as Iveta Szatmaryová born. 25. January 1988.Aj she comes from the Old and Ľubovňa PJŠafárika studying at the University of Kosice, Faculty of Arts - German, philosophy. Heading into the closest collaborators in the studio include Francis Tokarčík born. 27. May 1988, studying English at the University of St.. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Faculty of Arts. Although he is from the Old Ľubovňa. The last person who participates in the creation of mosaics in the studio is Ondrej Vlcek from Liptovsky Mikulas. Reg. 16. July 1991 and the high school students.