Jurij was born in Kustanaj, Kazakhstan in 1962. He attended art school in Ismail, Ukraine between 1975 and 1977, then art college in Dagestan until 1981. Between 1984 and 1990 he attended the All-Russia State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), achieving a Diploma from the Faculty of Painting. After this he became a member of the Lithuanian Union of Cinematography and of the International Union of Artists in Russia in his graduating year. Jurij’s paintings are in private collections across the world.