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He was born on March 8, 1921, in Mostar, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina). He finished the gymnasium in his town in 1939, and then finished the Academy of Fine Arts in capital Belgrade in 1950. He started with poetry in his gymnasium days, and as a student published poems in various papers and newspapers. In his adult years he began his work on cultural monuments of the history of the Serbs and he published many works on that theme, due to which he was awarded the Order of St. Sava class I.