Yury “Lobo” (aka Slobodenyuk) Shares His Freedom Of Expression Through Abstract Art and Collage

For Yury “Lobo” (aka Slobodenuk), “freedom of expression” is a deeply personal lesson. Raised in Germany, Russia, and the Ukraine before coming to the United States in 1991, since his early childhood, Yury has been fascinated by color and collage.  His fearless style is evident as we look at his bold colors and strokes. We see how his life experiences (he fled the USSR due to political persecution) shine through in his satirical and political collage work.  Yury appreciates the freedom to express himself and The Rickie Report is pleased to share this emerging artist’s work.  The Singer Island Corporate Center located on Singer Island, FL. is featuring Yury’s artwork and a local film production company recently purchased the rights to produce a short film about Yury and Jackson Pollock’s influence on his life and art. 

 

 

Y  U  R  Y      L O B O 

 

 

Since his early childhood, Yury Slobodenuk has been fascinated with the world of wild colors and the art of collage.  However, he never considered becoming a professional artist partly due to the lack of encouragement from his parents and partly due to the general disapproval of this “degenerate art” by the Soviet authorities.  What stands out in his memory is a visit to the first American National Exhibition with his mother in July, 1959, featuring among others, Jackson Pollock’s “Cathedral”.  Yury was shocked and amazed at the same time.  He tells The Rickie Report, “Most visitors considered it a joke..in bad taste. But the impact on my subconscious at the age of 12 was life changing. That is why my interests centered later on with more avant-garde artists.  I appreciate Van Gogh, Chagall, Kandinsky, Malevich, Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Brague, Warhol, Rothko, Klimt, Shiele, Modigliani and of course, Pollock.”

 

 

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“Composition #2” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Kasimir Malevich

Acrylic on Canvas

48″ x 60″

 

 

 

Yury created a few paintings for close friends and family, trusting his inner instincts.  Back then, in the USSR he didn’t have the courage to paint and share his passion for abstract expressionism and collage publicly.  Keeping his painting mostly to himself, he pursued a career that was more economically sound. He received a Masters degree in German and English, studied the history of art and worked as a licensed multilingual guide at the majors art museums in the former USSR.  He became a journalist, interpreter, German teacher, TV script writer.

 

 

 

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“Yellow Tulips after a violent snowstorm in May” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Vincent Van Gogh

Acrylic on Board

24″ x 36″

 

 

 

Having fled the USSR in 1991 for political reasons, Yury first established himself in Miami and pursued his journalism career, working for several Russian-American newspapers.  Later, he started one of his own, but sold it in 2007 and moved to West Palm Beach, where he continues his career as a German teacher and now a contemporary artist. Yury’s artwork can be seen at Art on Park Gallery, home of the Artists of Palm Beach County, located in Lake Park, FL., in Artworks Gallery located in West Palm Beach, FL., and in private collections through the world.

 

 

 

 

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“Infinity At My Fingertips” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Jackson Pollock

Acrylic on Board 27″ x 32″

 

 

The freedom of expression in America has motivated and inspired Yury to fulfill the dream of his youth – sharing his creative side publicly.  His artistic name, “Lobo” is a shortened form of his long Ukrainian last name, “Slobodenyuk”, which translates to ” a free man”.  “Lobo” means “wolf”, the symbol of the tireless will, yearning for freedom.  

 

 

 

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“Americana”  by Yury Lobo

Homage to Elvis and Marilyn

Mixed Media on Board

29″ x 35″

 

 

Yury tells The Rickie Report, ” My fellow countryman, Kasimir Malevich once said, ‘Comrades, arise, free yourselves from the tyranny of objects!’  In this sense, I, like him, consider myself an abstract artist and a revolutionary.  My battle cry is ‘Stop copying the world! Create a new one!’  Whoever is afraid of bright colors is afraid of life, which I am not”.  Furthermore, Yuri confesses, ” I know it sounds nuts, but I consider myself a kind of modern reincarnation of the late Jackson Pollock who, in his own words was a “cowboy” painter. Like him, I’m painting “from the hip”, creating huge abstract compositions within minutes, using brusque wild strokes of bold colors.  Some of my colleagues (part joking, part serious) are dubbing me “Jack The Whipper” for whipping that canvas with paint instead of dripping it as Jack The Dripper (Jackson Pollock) did”.

 

 

 

 

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“Killing Oil Fields of Florida” by Yury Lobo

Mixed Media on Board

36″ x 48″

 

 

Yury goes on to explain, “In the art of collage, I represent a completely different point of view.  My slightly distorted collages are pretty close to reality and filled with hidden ironies and sometimes tragic messages.  Being a history buff, I can’t help but act as the mocking bird, laughing at the human inability to learn from history…which of course sees that such ignorance is doomed to repeat itself.  Every collage is a “time capsule” with a message to future generations.  A true artist is about the 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”.

 

 

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“American Mosaic” by Yury Lobo

Collage

21″ x 36″

 

 

 

 

Yury’s artwork is currently being featured at:

The Singer Island Corporate Center

2655 North Ocean Drive

Singer Island, FL

and

Art On Park Gallery

800 Park Avenue  Lake Park, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Yury’s artwork and up coming exhibits, please email:

yuryslobo@yahoo.com

Visit Yury’s website:

www.yurylobo.com

(Currently Under Construction)

 

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Helen Kagan’s Paintings Took Miami by Storm – Now Showing at Art Synergy

Helen Kagan grew up in the former USSR, a communist State where oppression and control were a daily reality. In 1991 a quest for freedom led her to the US where she brought a Jewish heritage, a PhD in Science, Master’s in Psychology, and an unending thirst to explore life’s meaning.  Having lived and worked in VT, WI, MN, NJ, NY, FL, and equipped with another Masters degree, Helen spent much of her time as a social worker developing and leading programs and providing holistic services to those in need.

As both a therapist and an artist, Helen believes tragedy, pain and trauma can be healed with positive energy, love, and self-expression.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share Helen’s newest work during Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach at 2 locations: OSGS in Northwood and Continuum at 312 Clematis Street W. Palm Beach.  The details are in this article.

 

 

Meet Helen Kagan

 

 

 

 

Helen Kagan unveiling "Bridge To Hope"

Helen Kagan unveiling “Bridge To Hope”

 

Helen Kagan, PhD, a refugee from Russia, is a holistic therapist and artist. Her “Healing Arts” blends her own life experience into a visual form emphasizing the healing power of art.   Helen works mainly with oil but lately is experimenting with acrylic and mixed media. Her canvases are influenced by impressionism and mainly, expressionism. They are varied, vibrant, some are raw, some refined, all are intuitive.

 

 

 

Coming from a family of scientists, Helen was always fascinated by the left and right brain relationship. She’s been developing her unique technique and style in “Healing Arts” expressing the past, present and future with pure boldness and emotion, always looking for ways to communicate on levels often not yet understood.

 

 

"Sun Shower"

“Sun Shower”

 

 

Primarily self-taught, Helen’s been painting for as long as she remembers herself, since 2005 does it professionally. Her intention is to create a solid body of Healing Art to serve people and communities in need. She envisions her art to be placed in Hospitals, Medical Centers, Rehabilitation, Multicultural, Crisis Centers – to enhance healing and well-being. Helen believes in interconnectedness of physical, mental and spiritual. She believes her artwork can enhance healing process to those in need. Her vibrant art is a statement of her beliefs.

 

 

"Under the Bridge"

“Under the Bridge”

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Helen shares, “For many of us art is a spiritual path, a transformational process, a way of being.  Communicating on subliminal levels, my art delivers the message of being on a spiritual Journey. My “Healing Arts” – is my unique way to integrate expressive art and the art of healing”.

 

"Stairway to Heaven" (Energy Series)

“Stairway to Heaven” (Energy Series)

                 

She goes to explain, ” I believe that art heals.  I believe that art as a powerful form of self-expression becomes a vehicle for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being.  Communicating on subliminal levels, my work delivers this message through positively charged intention, healing frequencies of color and energetically balanced composition. My canvases are varied, vibrant, some are raw, some refined, all are intuitive – bridges to the past, cities in the rain, street lights, domes, music, oceans, fields of sunflowers, moons, clouds, sunsets… However, the following themes are always present in my art – being on the Journey, moving towards the Light, awareness of ‘Here and Now’, and of course – ‘J’oie de vivre'”!

     

 

 

"Nostalgy"

“Nostalgy”

“I believe that tragedy, pain and trauma can be healed with beauty, positive energy, and self-expression. This is what I communicate through my art while reflecting my own colorful and deep perception of life, a desire to bridge the Realities and heal the Past.    I believe in mind-body-spirit connection. I believe art can enhance healing and promote well-being in a viewer.  My passionate art is a statement of my beliefs”, Helen tells The Rickie Report. 

                       

"Hurricane" (Energy Series)

“Hurricane” (Energy Series)

 

Helen  has a vast education including:  Spiritual Counselor & Holistic Healer certified by IM School of Healing Arts, NYC , Master Results Coach, NLP Trainer certified by CH Companies and Holistic Studies (Q-Gong, Psych-K, EFT Practitioner).  She is also a Certified Reiki Practitioner,   Polarity Practitioner (RPP) & Wellness Educator, certified by National Polarity Association,  MSW and  LCSW (NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker).  Helen received her  MA  in Psychology, St. Petersburg State University, Russia and PhD  in Science, St. Petersburg State University, Russia.

 

 

"Forever"

“Forever”

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

In the last few years, Helen participated in over 20 juried shows, was presented at City Hall of Hollywood FL, ‘Art in Public Places’ 3-months display (23 pieces), ‘Metamorphosis’ solo exhibition at ‘Osceola 32’ Gallery, Stuart (25 pieces), ‘City Vibe’ featured Artist exhibition at Steinhausen Gallery, Stuart FL (20 pieces), ‘Constellation 9/11’ featured Artist exhibition (15pieces), was juried in for 4 exhibitions of Martin County Art Council, and others.

 

"Sunset on Clematis" (Energy Series)

“Sunset on Clematis” (Energy Series)

 

Her ‘Healing Arts’ won several on-line competitions, was exhibited in the galleries, shops and private venues in VT, WI, MN, NY, and FL: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Hollywood, Sarasota, Tequesta, West Palm Beach, Stuart , Ft. Pierce, Jupiter, Vero Beach. Currently Helen’s artwork is on display in a few galleries in South FL, including OSGS at 500 Northwood Road  West Palm Beach, FL.  Helen’s artwork will be on display during Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach 2014 at OSGS  and at Continuum  312 Clematis Street.

 

 

 For more information about Continuum and Art Synergy please visit:  www.artsynergypbc.com

 

 For more information about her art exhibit:  www.OSGSart.com – www.facebook.com/OSGSart   Email – OSGSart@hotmail.com

 

 

For more information about Helen’s artistry, please visit:  www.HelenKagan.com or  www.facebook.com/helenhealingarts.  You can also explore:  http://www.saatchionline.com/HealingArts,   http://www.rawartists.org/healing ,   https://2hearts.see.me/yearinreview2013  http://www.artandbeyondpublications.com/2013/11/helen-kagan-phd/  

 

To contact Helen please call  917-855-1153 or email HelenKagan@yahoo.com

 

 

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