JURI PLATON Painter, sculptor & ceramist Visualizing the past in the present lies at the heart of Juri Platon’s artistic journey. In his oil paintings he recalls the landscapes and cities of his country or his travels in southern Europe. He then makes his memories visible through the medium of painting, awakens emotions with light and color, without however disclosing their real locations. As a sculptor, Juri Platon is above all fascinated with the human body. Inspired from the classic tradition of modern art, he developed a personal language of forms in which abstraction prevails over the object. His sandstone sculptures, sometimes larger than life, and his small size bronzes demonstrate a fine feel for the material. The severity of the works´aethetic effects recall archaic cultures and myths from the dawn of time. In his experiments with material as rich in tradition as ceramics, Juri Platon creates amazing plastic objects, unique pieces of art in a contemporary language. The limits of his imagination stretch very far. His polymorphic work may well have organic or crystalline forms that evoke archaic habitation or mythic birds. It stands out also by the visual and tactile quality of the richly textured surface. By expression and form, the creations of Juri Platon have their rightful place in the visual arts of our times. They enchant the contemplative viewer and links him to his own experiences and perceptions. Dr. Uta Friederike Miksche Juri Platon was born in 1963 in Republic of Moldova. He began his apprenticeship at the age of 11 years at the Art School for talented children in Chisinau, the capital of the Republic of Moldova. From 1982 to 1987 he studied visual and applied arts at the Tallinn School of Art in Estonia. After graduation, he worked from 1987 to 1996 as a lecturer of ceramic art at the Chisinau Academy of Art. He is a member of the Association of Visual Artists of the Republic of Moldova. Since 1990 he settled in Leipzig as a freelance artist. Juri Platon has been awarded numerous scholarships and prizes. Since the mid-1980s, he participated in group and solo exhibitions in many countries, including Argentina, Germany, Estonia, France, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Spain and the Czech Republic.