Nicholas Roerich (Russian 1874-1947)

Self Portrait with Guga Chohan

Nicolas Roerich was a Russian Artist who was part of the Czar’s Family who escaped when the Revolution happened. He traveled in the Himalayas and painted many of the sights. Some say he visited the secret city of Shambala and he brought back with him a special box with an unknown relic in it.

He created the slogan “Peace through Culture” and designed the emblem. In 1939 Franklin Roosevelt signed his Pact the “Pax Cultura.” Saying that culture, as distinct from civilization, must be protected.  He founded the Agni Yoga Society, Pax Cultura Initiative, an Art School called Master Institute of United Arts and the Institute of Himalayan Studies “Urusvati” in Kullu Valley.

Battle in the Heavens 1912

Treasure of the World

Treasure of the Mountain
Roerich also designed sets and costumes for Theatre
Snegurochka Set


The Great Helpers of humanity do not abandon the Earth so long as sufferings go unhealed. Wholehearted fellowship can easily heal the wounds of a friend — but it is necessary to develop the art of thinking in the name of Good. And this is not easy amid the day’s hustle and bustle. But the examples of the Great Helpers of humanity can encourage and infuse new forces.

“Wealth in itself does not generate Culture. But broadened and subtler thinking and the sense of Beauty produce that subtlety, that nobility of spirit which are distinctive for a cultured person. It is this kind of person that can build the future of light for its country”.