Hura, Jurij

Born in Lviv, Ukraine, his family escaped deportation to Siberia by fleeing to Krakow Poland in 1942. He studied at the Lyceum of Fine Arts and the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts graduating in 1956. Despite pressure from Soviet idealogues promoting socialist realism, Jurij continued to find his own realist style. After publishing his “Series for the 20thCentury” paintings expressing his opposition to the communist system, he emigrated to the USA. He designed the Ukrainian Catholic Museum in Rome.  

In 1982 he organized an artdepartment at the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in Jenkintown.  Jurij worked for Commercial Advertising Art for 22 years painting large billboards. Jurij published “HuraPaintings and Sculptures” cataloging, showing and discussing the range and scope of his artwork. His proudest achievement was illustrating and publishing Seeds of Wisdom his grandfather’s sermons and writings. 

His works have been exhibited internationally, and are represented in collections at museums in Poland, Italy, Canada, and USA. Jurij was predeceased by his wife Khrystyna to whom he was married for over 40 years. Funeral arrangements are by Fletcher-Nasevich.