Born 1941 Arosa Switzerland / origin Latvia / today: stateless nationality
From (1958 – 1962) his artistic studies lead him to the higher national school of fine arts (student of Professor Arno Roberto Cami) and to the Practical school of the Sorbonne, division of social sciences (history of art, Professor Pierre Francastel) in Paris.
From 1962 until 1965, he went to the School of fine arts in Lausanne. He worked with the engraver and painter Ernest Pizzotti. « Expo of Lausanne » in 1964 with his kinetic glass and acrylic sculptures. He worked two years at the “Center of contemporary engraving” in Geneva. Then, he worked in Zurich, where he broadened his pictorial perspective with the painter Friederich Kuhn thru experience of the circle in the face. From 1968 until 1971, he acted at the University of Högskolan för design & Konsthantwerk in Gothenburg, where he created researches of textile kinetic objects. In 1967, he met at an exhibition in Gothenburg Konsthall Jesús – Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Julio Le Parc. Speaking with these artists, he discovered to be fascinated by optical art. He decided to devote all his research to kinetic art. An extended stay in Gothenburg gave him the opportunity to constantly evolve in movement and geometric shapes, integrating them in his textiles and oil paintings. His research in optical art had a significant impact in this area in Scandinavia.
In 1968, Youri received the first prize for the Swiss contemporary engraving art.
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