Yury Darashkevich was born in Asipovichi, Belarus. Graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of the Arts in 1985. Upon graduation he began a career in the illustration and graphic design field, painting in his spare time. After several successful solo shows in the early 1990s, Yury started to devote his attention to art Making this career change, he moved to Toronto Canada. Being a full time artist he became an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists in 2009. In 2010 he opened his second studio in Palm Beach, FL. Currently his artwork is exhibited in art galleries in US, Canada and Europe.
His figurative works are about visual perception and the ways in which human
forms respond to the color, line, shape, texture or pattern. It is a very personal
reflection on how abstract visual qualities of the model shape her emotional
state. He collect her (model) emotions as purposely-scattered elements of the
image and bring them together to discover the ALTERED BEAUTY.
2009 Best in Show Award, Society of Canadian Artists Members’ Exhibition, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada
2002 Artist of the Month – Liquitex Grants and Awards Program
2000 Second Prize, 10th International Art Competition, Havre-de-Grace, USA
Second Prize, Kreft International Juried Exhibition, Ann Arbor, USA
1999 Award of Excellence, Manhattan Arts International Magazine Annual Art Competition
Best in Show, Artfocus Magazine 8th Annual Fall Artist’s Show, Toronto, ON
1995 Grant from Soros Foundation
First Prize, White Art Festival, Minsk, Belarus
1993 First Prize, Advertising 93 Competition, Kiev, Ukraine