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NEW YORK, February 20, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The historic monumental Grand Deesis mural icon by Vatican artist Guillermo Esparza is on display at the Edward Cardinal Egan Catholic Center in New York Universitypart of NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, and is on loan from Maria Stalin-Andriasova and Guillermo Esparza private collection. The Pantocrator Wall Icon, The Great Deesis of Guillermo Esparca is housed at the Edward Cardinal Egan Catholic Center in New York University.

The exhibition is part of the ongoing award-winning sacred art exhibition by Guillermo Esparca“Arcanum Angelorum” (“Mystery of the Angels”), originated in the basilica of the old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where Guillermo Esparca was artist in residence from 2009 to 2014. Guillermo Esparca was honored for the exhibition by new York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2009. The exhibition is presented and sponsored by Maria Stalin-Andriasova and Guillermo Esparca.

The Pantokrator wall icon, The Grand Deesis, depicts Christ in His Majesty (“Majestas Domini”). The figure to the left of Christ is John the Baptist, Prodromos, the Fore-Runner. The figure to the right of Christ is the Virgin, Theotokos, Mother of God. The Deesis means “Call to prayer, or supplication”.

Mr. Esparza began writing (composing) The Grand Deesis Mural Icon at his manhattan studio and completed the icon in his studio in the Basilica of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Mulberry Street in the Little Italy district of manhattan. The wall icon became the central part of the award-winning sacred art exhibition by Guillermo Esparca“Arcanum Angelorum” (“Mystery of the Angels”.) New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg honored Guillermo Esparza sacred art exhibition “Arcanum Angelorum” (“Mystery of the Angels”) at the old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and proclaimed its opening date of February 26, 2009 as “Official Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral Day” in New York City.

In February 2009the former St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City commemorated its 200th anniversary with the exhibition “Arcanum Angelorum” by the American artist Guillermo Esparca.

Guillermo Esparca was the subject of the documentary film “Guillermo Esparcaan American Iconographer”, an original production by Studio International. The film’s soundtrack was composed and performed by Maria Staline-Andriasova. The film was released on June 1, 2009 and premiered at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral for its 200th anniversary on June 7, 2009 after a historic Mass by Archbishop of New York Timothy Michael Dolan. The old cathedral was designated a basilica by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI the March 17, 2010.

Due to extraordinary popularity and demand from the public, Guillermo Esparza the exhibition of sacred art “Arcanum Angelorum” (“Mystery of the Angels”) was extended and remained open to the public from February 2009 by May 2014 at the Chapel of the Holy Name at the Basilica, where two daily masses were served by the presiding pastor, Msgr. Donald SakanoMsgr. John AhernRev. Andrew Thiand visiting clergy, including His Eminence Crescenzio Sepe, Cardinal Archbishop of Napoli, Italyformer Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, who created and proclaimed Cardinal-Deacon of Dio Padre misericordioso by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of February 21, 2001 and was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 and 2013 conclaves that selected Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis respectively.

The blessing of Guillermo Esparza Icon of The Deesis mural took place on October 28, 2010 in a private ceremony in the Chapel of the Holy Name (the Lower Church) of the Basilica of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and was celebrated by Mgr. Donald Sakanothe parish priest of the Basilica.

Permanent installations by Guillermo Esparcacommissioned by private donors in new York region, include the following cathedrals and churches:

Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York; The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint John the Theologian in Tenafly, New Jersey; Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Somerset, New Jersey; The Church of the Holy Innocents, manhattan; The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, manhattan; Saint Paul the Apostle Church, manhattanand others.

Guillermo Esparca also worked closely with another important supporter and patron of his studio: businessman and philanthropist Michael Parlamis of Tenafly, New Jersey. One of their projects is a 60-foot mural of the Dove of Peace which is installed at the Peace Memorial Gymnasium adjacent to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Theologian in Tenafly, New Jersey. The mural was commissioned by Mr. Parlamis. The mural was blessed by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios in 2002 and by His Holiness Bartholomew I in 2004.

Guillermo Esparza monumental sculpture of the Archangel Michael, which he carved out of Vermont marble, is installed in the Byzantine Church SS Peter and Paul of Somerset, New Jersey. Mr. Esparza also designed and built the shrine, including carved glass doors and icons. The sculpture took two years to carve and was blessed by the bishop Michel Joseph Dudick.

Another major work by Guillermo Esparca in new York is his original Pantokrator wall icon, a 15-by-20-foot painting in oil and 24-karat gold on Belgian linen. It is installed 60 feet above the nave of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in garden cityand is a gift from the Most Rev. Robert V. Wilshirewho served for 20 years as dean of the cathedral, seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. Dean Wilshire died on July 22, 1999. The Rt. Tower. James Cordon and the Rt. Rev. Orris G. Walker Jr., Bishop of Long Islandcontributed to the financing and realization of this project.

Guillermo Esparza The exhibition of sacred art “Arcanum Angelorum” (“Mystery of the Angels”) is presented and sponsored by Maria Stalin-Andriasova and her husband Guillermo Esparca.


All the exhibited works are on loan from the private collection of Maria Stalin-Andriasova and Guillermo Esparca.


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Maria Stalin-Andriasova’s famous cycle of childhood drawings “Children and a Thousand Cranes” served as the basis for the legendary Second Symphony for Soloists, Full Orchestra and Chorus by Iosif Andriasov, text by Vladimir Lazarev, which was commissioned by the Russian Ministry of Culture. Widely considered a child prodigy of unprecedented caliber, Maria Stalin-Andriasova began composing and notating music at the age of three under the guidance of her father, the legendary Moscow composer and philosopher Iosif Arshakovich Andriasov (Andriasian). She graduated from The Juilliard School.

Winner of three consecutive awards from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in piano performance (Lisbon, Portugal) and recipient of four consecutive RP Shafer Awards (U.S. Governor of Pennsylvania), Maria Stalin-Andriasova (Andreasian) was instrumental in winning major grants, including The Initiative Recovery Award from the Fund for The New York City and by George Soros Open Society Foundation as well as grants from the Neuberger Berman Foundation, led by George Walker IV of the Walker-Bush family, as a volunteer board member of The Highbridge Voices, an after-school musical and academic program for over 200 at-risk youth in The South Bronx.

Maria Stalin-Andriasova, born in Moscow in a family of famous scientists and musicians, is the daughter of the great Russian composer and philosopher Iosif Arshakovich Andriasov (Andriasian). She came to live New York City in 1979 with his parents after the monumental efforts of US senators Jacob Javits, Daniel Patrick Moynihanand Edward Kennedy after his father refused the Lenin Prize in 1974 from the Soviet government.

As a concert pianist, Maria Stalin-Andriasova performed for many world dignitaries, including His Holiness Pope John Paul II in New York City in 1995 during a gala concert dedicated to the friendship between The United States of America and the Vatican.

Maria Stalin-Andriasova and Guillermo Esparca live and work in New York City since 1979.


A visionary in the world of public art in United States, Guillermo Esparca is the first co-recipient of the “Percent-For-Art” public commissions of the Arizona State for his two monumental sculptures, part of the Smithsonian Museum: “Celebrate The Arts!”, Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, Reid Parkand “Follow the Yellow Brick Road”, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson, Arizona.

Internationally Recognized, Guillermo Esparza the original art is in the permanent collections of the Vatican Museum at RomeThe Phanar Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, the National Archives of the United States, the Smithsonian Institution, numerous cathedrals, churches, museums, universities, monasteries, seminaries, as well as public and private collections. As an ecumenist, Mr. Esparza’s commissions for murals, sculptures and complete shrines come from many denominations, and his original works are installed in Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Byzantine-Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches.

Guillermo Esparza honors for his art and humanitarian work come from many, including His Holiness Bartholomew I, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, new York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Edward Cardinal Egan, Cardinal Timothy DolanUS Navy (for its Centennial Monument to US Navy shipbuilders, Bath Iron Works for defense contractor General Dynamics, part of Smithsonian), and others.

Born in San Antonio, TXraised in San Francisco, California, Guillermo Esparca attended UC Berkeley and initially studied literature and chemistry, while working for NASA as a communications engineer. He studied architecture with his grandfather, Benito Hernandez. Guillermo Esparca Is married to The Juilliard School piano virtuoso Maria Stalin-Andriasova.

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