Born extremely premature, Milan lost his older and younger sisters to SIDS. Four years later, his parents prepared to adopt his cousin. But, after the two boys had bonded, his new brother was taken away, and Milan never saw or heard from him again.
By middle school, his classmates voted him “Most Mysterious.” He deliberately missed one day of school each year to avoid having to go on stage to receive a perfect attendance award. In high school, he served as the American flag bearer in the ROTC to avoid participating in sports. After losing both parents suddenly in his teens, Milan filled the void in his life by writing poems, drawing, and listening to music.
Milan studied creative writing and commercial design, and advertising in college. In his late teens, he spent a lot of time in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where his maternal grandmother was killed crossing Bourbon Street. Milan never knew her but imagined that he could feel her spirit and story.
Having been an anglophile since childhood, he felt like a fish in the wrong end of the pond. This, along with bullying he experienced in his teens, inspired his earliest artworks featuring outsider types and expressions of disdain that accompany such loathing. This collection, along with some of his novels’ characters, was featured in his first solo art exhibition, Outsiders and Apparitions, in New York City.
Married to Multi-Award-Winning Author and Poet Beatrice H. Crew since 1990, Milan owned his art gallery for about eleven years. He now feels many of his experiences have allowed him to focus on his creative side, where he aims to turn them into something positive and help others who feel like outsiders.
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