We had the good fortune of connecting with Yuri Boyko and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yuri, why did you pursue a creative career?
It was a natural process of growing into something that wasn’t obvious from the start. It took several ‘lives’ and more than a quarter-century to realize the internal need to find a way to express myself in an art medium.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My artistic practice focuses on deconstruction of identity. I transform individual experiences, observations, and emotions into visual representations. My goal is to reveal subconscious and concealed qualities of identity by employing light and color intertwined with symbols and metaphors. My artistic practice relies on two intervolved constituents: an idea and a process. The idea comes first. It may linger in my notes or steep in my mind for some time or may appear quite spontaneously. My work is representational in nature – the idea and the subject matter drive the selection and incorporation of specific objects. The process is as much crucial. It shapes and hones the essence of a specific body of work during the development of an entire visual narrative. It nurtures and supports the crystallization of the idea up to a point when all pieces appear to feel and work right. To the point when the idea is realized.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For a sample day in that wonderful week-long stay in LA, I would take my friends for a late breakfast at Cafe Paris in Armenian village and then go over to LA County Museum of Art. Stop by at Skylight Books store in Los Feliz on a way back to browse their incredible selection of art, design, architecture, and comics shelves and sit down for lunch at Figaro Bistrot next door. Go for a hike in Griffith Park to see a sunset at Griffith Observatory. Finish the day with drinks and great live jazz set at Parker Room. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate The Shoutout to a wonderful people at the Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission of the City of West Hollywood for their recognition of my work by commissioning a piece for the public art display.