Bio for contemporary Ukranian-American artist Yury Lobo
In the fulfillment of the mission of "Hands for Hope" it is my honor and privilege to present the biography of contemporary artist Mr. Yury Lobo. "Hands for Hope" is a non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian private foundation, which was created with the purpose to inspire and encourage individuals to share their Vision, Values, Skills and Knowledge with others.
Yury Lobo aka Yuri Slobodenyuk, was born in Germany in 1947, raised in Russia and Ukraine and lives in the USA since 1991. Since his early childhood he was fascinated with the world of Colors and the Art of Collage. However he never considered becoming a professional artist probably due to lack of encouragement from his parents. But in July 1959 he visited the First American National Exhibition with his mother in Moscow that featured Jackson Pollock's Masterpiece "CATHEDRAL".
He was amazed and shocked at the same time by this painting , which most visitors considered a joke in bad taste. Of course he knew little about Modern Art or Jackson Pollock at the age of 12, but the impact lasted in his subconscious, and that's why his interests centered on Artists of Avant-garde. His favorite artists are (just to name a few): Van Gogh, Chagall, Kandinsky, Malevich, Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Brague, Warhol, Rothko, Klimt, Schiele, Modigliani, and of course Pollock.
They give him these creative impulse just to open up and paint "from the hip" trusting only his own inner instincts. He created a few paintings for family and close friends. Back then in the USSR he didn't have the courage to paint and share with the public his passion for Abstract Expressionism and Collage. He kept his painting creativity mostly to himself and started to pursue career challenges in other fields: he got a Master Degree in German and English, studied history of Art and worked as a licensed multilingual tour guide in a major Art Museum of the former USSR. He became journalist, interpreter , German teacher, script writer and TV personality.
Having fled the USSR in 1991 for political reasons, he establish himself first in Miami and pursued his career of journalism, writing for several Russian-American Newspapers. Later on he started one of his own. In 2007 he sold his newspaper and moved to West Palm Beach, where he continues his career as a German teacher and contemporary artist.
The freedom of expression in America has motivated and inspired Yury to fulfill the dream of his youth: sharing his creative side with public. His artistic name Lobo is a shortened form of his long ukranian last name Slobodenyuk which means a free man. "Lobo" which translates to wolf in Spanish, and is a symbol of a relentless will for freedom. Jackson Pollock was dubbed by journalists Jack The Dripper for just dripping paint on the canvas. I would call Yury Lobo "Jack The Whipper" for whipping the canvas with his high energetic lashes of paint.
"When you look at his paintings and collages you will feel the vibrant effect that Yury projected using his inner free spirit along with a dazzling combination of superbright colors, just as I did.....Enjoy !"
President of the Foundation Hands for Hope,
former Ambassador of The Republic of Guatemala in USA
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My fellow countryman Kazimir Malevich once said : Comrades, arise, free yourselves from the tyranny of objects!" In this sense I, like him, consider myself as a true abstract expressionist and also a revolutionary. My battle cry is : " Stop copying the world, create a new one !." This is not a far cry from what Picasso once proclaimed: " In art, we express what nature is not " and I am, of course, a strong believer in the unlimited positive power of vibrant colors. Whoever is afraid of bright colors is afraid of life, which I'm not. In the art of collage I represent a completely different point of view.
My slightly distorted collages are pretty close to reality and full of hidden ironic and sometimes tragic messages. Being a history buff I can't help to be a mocking bird laughing at the human inability to learn from history, which of course seeing that such ignorance is doomed to repeat itself . Every collage is some sort of time capsule with a letter to future generations enclosed . I love ready-made art, and I wish I had more of them to offer. A true artist is about inner energy which he or she tunnels to the public through the art : If there is no reaction at the receiving end, then the energy was either poor or lost in artistic translation.