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Yuri Fedorovich Vnodchenko

Yuri Fedorovich Vnodchenko

Yuri F. Vnodchenko was born in 1927 in the Odessa Region of Ukraine. Yuri F. Vnodchenko was orphaned at the age of six. He then lived in a children's home located in a small peasant village, and throughout his life has paid homage to the kindness of the common people who raised him. Even though the region was poor he was able to take lessons in art and music. When the Germans invaded Ukraine the children were moved from the home to a city in Moldova. The time of the German occupation was harsh and the children would often forage through the bombed out buildings. It was foraging through one of these sites that Yuri found a set of oil paints. He immediately started painting copies of works in books and museums. The sale of these offered him a small income. There was a Romanian officer who was stationed in the town of Teraspol where young Yuri lived and the officer was very involved in cultural affairs. He would take Yuri's work and sell it for supplies, paints, canvas and paper.

As soon as the war ended an art college was opened in Kishinev, the capitol of Moldova, and Yuri F. Vnodchenko enrolled immediately. After finishing there he traveled to Kiev and entered the art academy there. He studied under Tatiana Yablonskaya, whom he still credits as the greatest influence on his development as an artist.

Upon graduation in 1956 he was allowed to choose where he wanted to work; his exceptional talent gave him the opportunity to be a free artist and to choose his own destination. Yuri F. Vnodchenko moved to Voronezh because it was a cultural center and he had relatives there. From the start, Yuri, was invited to travel and work at the academic dachas set up in the country for the artists to use. Only the most promising and proven artists were invited to paint at these dachas where they were albe to concentrate solely on their work. Even members of the Artist's Union were not guaranteed a place there, in this place he was known as a Master of Russian art and painting.

Yuri F. Vnodchenko states emphatically that he is a Realist- but not a Social Realist. He says that nature is and has always been his greatest influence. Even though most of his early works were figurative there was always a great love and devotion to history and landscape.

Yuri F. Vnodchenko has only recently retired from his position as a teacher of painting and composition at Voronezh Art College. His influence is unmistakable in the works of Voronezh artists who have studied with him. He has been awarded certificates and titles which include Honored Artist of the Russian Socialist Federal Soviet Republic in 1976, 1987, 1997. Most of his main works hang in the Kromskoi Museum in Voronezh. Because of the Russian system of important works being sold directly to the Ministry of Culture, Yuri F. Vnodchenko only knows the whereabouts of the works in that museum. Private collections in Europe and the USA also have some of his paintings. Yuri stopped painting on a regular basis in March 2007 due to failing eyesight and health.

Yuri F. Vnodchenko a gentleman in every respect, always with a smile and kind words and regards for all that have ever met him.
The Life and Works of Yuri Vnodchenko," published by the L P Cline Gallery, July 2010 is now available from the Gallery.

Yuri Fedorovich Vnodchenko died at the age of 86, February 2013

''Woman's Portrait'' by Yuri Fedorovich Vnodchenko"Woman's Portrait"
Pastel on Paper
Date: 1967
Size: 18.75" x 24.75"
Signature in Cyrillic lower right corner
Featured in the Yuri Vnodchenko Book
''Early Snow'' by Yuri Fedorovich Vnodchenko"Early Snow"
Date: 2005
Size: 15.25" x 13.5"
Oil on Board
Signature in Cyrillic lower right corner
'Yuri Vnodchenko, 'Self Portrait, Military'' by Yuri Fedorovich VnodchenkoYuri Vnodchenko, "Self Portrait, Military"
Charcoal on Paper
Date: 1962
Size: 14" x 20"
Signature in cyrillic lower right corner
Featured in the Yuri Vnodchenko
''Tanya Panyukova'' by Yuri Fedorovich Vnodchenko"Tanya Panyukova"
Tanya Panyukova from Sovkhoz "Quiet Don"
Date: 1982
Size: 23.25"x27.5"
Oil on Canvas
Signature in cyrillic lower left corner
Featured in the Yuri Vnodchenko Book

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