Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1960, Chaslav Krstich moved to the USA during his formative years. Influenced by an artistic family, Chas exhibited a talent for art and photography at an early age. His uncle is a well known Yugoslavian artist whose works are in collections throughout Europe and the United States. His father studied and worked as an Interior Designer before becoming an Architect. His mother is a crafts person and operates a shop that distributes goods throughout the United States.
A self taught artist, Chas has studied art history, and visited museums and exhibits throughout the world. In his art are influences that range from medieval icons to African sculpture to Modern art and the German Expressionists. His art is a fluctuation between an illusionist narrative style and an abstract none representational style. One allows him to bring up and exhibit stories, history, even images pulled from the unconscious. The other frees him to explore colors, forms, methods for showing movement and rhythms in the visual two dimensions.
For the past 10 years, Chas has regularly exhibited at national and local competitions. At the American West Coast Censorship Competition, a local Sacramento Television station called his photograph "Blue Boy" one of the most controversial works in the show. At the same time the station censored the photograph on the air. His painting "Watching John Brown Hang" was included in the 1995 ARC Regional Competition judged by Richard Francis, Head Curator for the Museum of the Contemporary of Art in Chicago. His art can currently be viewed at Gallery 1633 in Chicago.
Currently employed and available as a free-lance Film and Video Editor, Chas cites photography as an early love. He graduated from a school renowned for communication, Southern Illinois University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Photography.