Emil Bekavacís Croatian-American background has had
a strong influence on his work. Growing up in a small
town outside Pittsburgh during the decline of the U.S.
steel industry, and hearing his grandparents tell
stories about the conditions they fled in Eastern
Europe, gave Emil a personal understanding of the
effects of depression and oppression. These influences,
combined with Emilís spirituality, led him to his
unique artistic style, which calms chaos with the
healing flow of chi
(energy, or life force). His paintings
and sculptures express the soulís desire to break
free from oppression in all its forms. They stir
consciousness into action and stimulate evolution
toward a better world.