(1908-1992) Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia where he learned to draw and paint from his father. He began formal art education in Belgrade, then studied at The Academy of Arts in Vienna and at the Academy of Art in Rome.
When Yugoslavia was invaded during World War II, Stiha and his wife, Elena, hoped to move to the United States. Because the US had its emigration quota filled, they went to Buenos Aires, Argentina where Stiha developed an impressionistic style.
After ten years in Argentina, he was persuaded by his friends in Brazil to relocate to Sao Paulo. He started a studio and art school across the street from the American Embassy. He attracted the attention of the American Consulate, and the Stihas were offered citizenship. By the Stiha was 62, his long awaited dream of immigrating to the United States came true. After a short while on the West Coast, he and his wife moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, opening the Stiha Gallery at the historic La Fonda Hotel in 1971.
The Stihas traveled from reservation to reservation. observing and painting the people and their culture. Vladan Stiha died in Santa Fe in 1992.
His work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Navajo Ceremonial Museum; Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas; Pioneer Museum, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Oklahoma Museum of Art, Red Ridges, Oklahoma and Fort Huachuca Historic Museum in Arizona.