In 1964 Yuri Krotov (Юрий Кротов) was born in Grivenskaya, a Cossack Settlement, Krasnodar Territory, very close to the Azov Sea in Russia.
He began art lessons in 1972 from a local painter G.A. Polugaev, and in 1976 – 1983 Yuri Krotov went to school at the Surikov Art Institute. After military service from 1983-1985 he continued to study art in the Moscow State Academic Art Institute until 1992.
After his schooling, Yuri Krotov visited France, Spain, Italy, Great Britain and other European countries.Yuri Krotov holds on to the fleetingness of ever changing moments by painting in a quick and free manner, using wonderfully fluid brushstrokes which are full of detail and emotional richness.
The seaside and sounds of a crashing ocean inspired our beach scenes in the classroom. Students used many techniques to create their pieces. Drawing skills were practised and composition was used to create a more dramatic painting.