From Hollywood to the Presidential Palace: American brings “renaissance of the real” to Slovakia

Alan Craig’s diverse skillset and hankering for adventure have led him down interesting paths in Slovakia and beyond.

Alan CraigAlan Craig (Source: Courtesy of Alan Craig)

From kayaking in the python-infested Everglades to landing a role in a Slovak TV commercial because of a resemblance to Bruce Willis, one thing American artist Alan Craig hasn’t done is lived a dull life.

A resident of Slovakia for nine years now, the Pennsylvanian native has built himself a reputation as a jack-of-all-trades in the communications world. Craig’s profession centers on “the art of communication,” and he provides voice-overs for video and audiobooks, copywriting and book editing and teaches business English part-time. As an artist, he has also produced hundreds of pen and ink illustrations of places in Slovakia, including one of the Presidential Palace, which is now part of the presidential collection.

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The CEO of his own communications company since the age of 18, Craig is also a man of mottos. His assertion that “life is like a book” and an artist "illustrates the stories of special places" fuels his creative pursuits and life as a foreigner in Slovakia.

“I’m actually disappointed that I haven’t done more with the time I’ve been given,” Craig, who is in his 50s, told The Slovak Spectator.

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