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“We must not renounce the glory of God and the glory of our glorious past, because we want that our generation be crowned with glory and like the precious stone worthily strung on that endless string of history of the Serbian people before us.”
St. Nikolai Velimirović 1880-1956
St. Nikolai (Nikolaj) Velimirović,
Apostle from Lelic, Serbia
(1880-1956)
Oil on Canvas
by Ariane Trifunovic Montemuro
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A Woman of Faith
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Danica and Aleksandar Trifunovic

Ariane’s parents, Danica and Aleksandar Trifunovic who were born in the former Yugoslavia and are Serbian, were married in Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in northern Indiana. After they married, they settled in Wilmington, Delaware, where they first had a son and then their daughter Ariane. Ariane was baptized, raised and married in Saint Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This church subsequently moved to Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Saint Nicholas Church received a special blessing when St. Nikolai Velimirović consecrated the grounds in 1951 during its sacred groundbreaking ceremony.
Ariane was influenced by her early exposure to icons at home and in church. These icons, or sacred depictions, are used as a bridge to create a connection between oneself and God. Icon is a Greek-derived word from “eikona,” which means likeness, image or representation. Orthodoxy holds that these images are mystically connected endowments to that which they depict. They also celebrate through lines and colors, holiness, “dwelling of God within men” (Revelation 21:3).

She studied painting at the New York School of Visual Arts (1995-97). She received a B.A. in Art History (1985) and a Master’s in Teaching Museum Education (1986). She worked at Please Touch Museum for Children, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Ariane also was a corporate art consultant for Artscape, Inc., in Philadelphia, mainly selling art to healthcare facilities and private homes.

Her artwork has been showcased in galleries, museums and shops as well as purchased for private homes and offices throughout the United States.
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