Jiří IURRO Stavovčík spent his childhood in Cuba and Czechoslovakia. In 1995, he graduated from Palacký University in Olomouc where he studied history and political science. In 2003, he received his MBA in bank management from Moravian College, PA. Currently, Jiri works as a negotiator for development projects in Africa. Jiří is also an artist. He studied figurative drawing at Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia and Spring Studio in New York City. His art has been featured at various group shows and solo exhibitions in New York City, Washington D.C. and Nagano (Japan). He is currently represented by Artspace 109 in Alexandria, VA.
He sees SVU’s potential for being an international cultural institution with programs promoting the work of Czech and Slovak academics and professionals and providing a platform for networking and lobbying. He wants to help build a new image and better name recognition for SVU in the world community interested in Czech and Slovak studies.