Visiting their native city are two eminent Dubrovnians now living in the USA—painter, poet and writer Anton Perich and successful construction entrepreneur Peter Vlasic.

 

Although summer is well into its waning, the City continues to play host to many Gospari (natives of Dubrovnik) now living around the world and who spend their vacations in their hometown of Dubrovnik. The local branch office of the Croatian Heritage Foundation has this summer staged several excellent culture events, above all for the City’s many emigrants, but also and equally for the people of Dubrovnik and their foreign guests, which has contributed significantly to the culture offer in the City.
Among these are two eminent Dubrovnians now living in the USA—painter, poet and writer Anton Perich and successful construction entrepreneur Peter Vlasic.
Anton Perich, a native of the nearby town of Konavle, now lives in New York. He moved there in 1970 and worked as a photographer and painter, video recorder, producer and director and publishes Night Magazine, which treats the topics of painting, photography and also features essays, prose, poetry and the like.
In the 1970s he was a photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine. His photos can be found at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and at the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in New York.  In 1973 he produced and directed a television show on Manhattan cable TV, and in 1978 designed and built an electric painting machine (an early predecessor to the ink-jet printer), and in 1979 staged his first solo exhibition of Electric Paintings at the Shafrazi Gallery in New York.
Before this he was active as a painter, poet and film director within the Lettrist Group in Paris, where he was a creator and leader in the international underground film programme at the American Centre. The Croatian Heritage Foundation branch office in Dubrovnik is preparing a major showing of his work in Croatia.
Peter Vlasic has lived in the USA since 1970. He has been active in the construction business for some thirty years now. He has participated in several tenders to privatise Dubrovnik hotels and is also active in preparing several future investments in the Dubrovnik area. His wife Marsha has been at the top of the American pop and rock show business scene for almost half a century. Husband and wife Peter and Marsha Vlasic are an essential part of the global show business jet set. Their sons Matthew and Franco are also very successful in the New York and American show business scene.
These stories, as do many others, once again reaffirm the dedication and talent of emigrant Croatians and their great love of the homeland to which they always return.

Text by: Maja Mozara