Artist's Biography - Yuri Gorbachev
( 12/29/48 - )
Yuri Gorbachev was born in Uglovka, Russia (USSR)on December 29, 1948. Gorbachev graduated from Borovichi Ceramics Institute, Leningrad State University Dept. of Philosophy, and Odessa Art College Department of Painting and Graphics, USSR. Established in Russia as a ceramics artist, Gorbachev expanded his energy into painting oil on canvas. Inspired by Karl Faberge and the Byzantine sensibility, he uses unusual techniques derived from his extensive work with ceramics to create colorful, textured canvases in oil and gold. Carey Goldberg, of the New York Times described Gorbachev "Not only is he one of the jolliest Russians ever produced by that long suffering land, but his paintings radiate that same joie de vivre, in rainbows of colors glowing amid lines of gold reminiscent of Russian Orthodox Icons. His subjects include Russian winter landscapes and interiors with fruit and animals as well as mythological figures and overblown beauties of a plumpness still much appreciated in his homeland."
From 1977-1990 Gorbachev enjoyed great success with one-man exhibitions all over the world including Finland, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Italy, Endland, and Scotland.
In 1991, Gorbachev moved to the United States and exhibited in France. This began an explosion of exhibitions throughout the US and continued expansion in other countries such as China, Indonesia, Germany, and Australia.
Selected Museums Collections include the Louvre Museum, Paris, France; Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA; Rudana Museum, Bali, Indonesia; Museum Seni Rupa, Jakarta, Indonesia; Museum of Art, Stockholm, Sweden; Museum of Art Marseilles, France; Blackpool Museum of Art, England; Museum of Art, Galsgow, Scotland; Museum of Fine Arts, Gerona, Spain; Museum of Arts, Oula, Finland; Seagram's Company Museum, Absolut Vodka Collection, USA; Stolichnaya Collection, Carillon Importers, USA; Odessa Literary Museum, Ukraine; Odessa Picture Gallery, Ukraine; Odessa East West Museum, Ukraine; Ministry of Culture of the Ukrainian SSR, Ukraine; Moscow Cultural Centre, Moscow, Russia; Kremlin Museum, Novgorod, Russia; National Art Museum of Penza, Russia
Gorbachev's artwork is represented in the permanent collections of Mikhail Barishnikov, William Saroyan, Midhail Gorbachev, Eduard Shevarnadze, Senator Edward Kennedy, Philantropist and collector David Tang of Hong Kong, Minister Joop Ave of Indonesia, the Baroness Dunn DBE JP, Hong Kong, Marcello Mastroianni and former President Bill and Senator Hilary Clinton.
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