An oil on canvas painting, of two young girls, perhaps sisters, with rooster, 12" by 9", signed at lower right with the distinctive signature of well-listed Southwestern American artist VLADAN STIHA (1908-1992). Stiha was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia into an artistic family. He had art training at the Academy of Arts, Vienna, and also in Rome. When Yugoslavia was invaded during World War II, he applied for permission to move to the United States, but when that request was rejected, the artist moved on to South America, where he spent twenty years in Brazil and Argentina. He was able to finally move to America in 1970, late in life. The next twenty years were very productive, as he became by 1971 a fixture at the La Fonda Hotel in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, in which he opened the Stiha Gallery. His works of the Southwest, including genre, children, portraits, Native Americans, and landscape, became very popular. Some have sold for thousands at auctions of Southwest art. This painting is in excellent condition.