Jurij Solovij (b. 1921 in Lviv, Ukraine, d. 2007 in Rutherford, New Jersey, USA) graduated from the Lviv School of Arts and Crafts in 1944. In the late 1940s, he fled to Germany where he met his then wife-to-be, Liselotte. In 1952, Solovij, his wife, Liselotte, and their son Jurij Jr. immigrated to the United States, first living in Detroit, Michigan and later settling in New York, New York. In 1965, after having had lived and worked in Brooklyn for thirteen years, Jurij and his family moved to Rutherford, New Jersey, where his backyard-studio still remains.
Numerous comparisons can be drawn between Solovij’s work and those of the famous painters of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The haunting and unfortunately traumatic effects of the Ukrainian diaspora are quite prevalent in Solovij’s work. Often including existential themes, such as those of birth, suffering, transience, death, as well as motherhood, his work expresses the more somber aspects of the immigrant experience.
Source: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA)