Yuri Dogayev was born in Donetsk in the Ukraine. He served as an officer in the submarine section of the navy, including ten years as a career officer.
He began painting at an early age. Upon completion of his military service Yuri opened a studio in Donetsk where he engaged in artistic metal plating. He won wide acclaim and his works were distributed throughout the Ukraine and abroad.
In 1990 Yuri and his family made aliya to Israel. In the holy land he found an affinity for warmer materials and began to work with clay.
With his customary determination Yuri mastered the art of sculpture on his own, developing unique working methods.
In 1992 Yuri opened a ceramics studio. Here he creates a rare collection of figures from the Jewish world, made up of statuettes of Eastern European Jews and Hassidim.
Many of his works are to be found in private collections in Germany, the USA, France, England, Israel, Russia and other countries around the world.
In Israel he has been commissioned to create works for Nathan Sharansky, Reuma Weizmann, Matan Vilnay and others.
In 2001 Yuri initiated a new artistic line that includes decorative ceramic articles for the home. These comprise candlesticks, wall paintings, Hanukka candlesticks, Hamsas, vases and more.
Each work is hand made by the artist, including the burning, coating and painting processes.
The production process lasts some two months, with each work undergoing 4-5 stages of drying and burning in a special oven at a temperature above 1100°C. At each stage the object is coated with a special glaze and painted with unusual materials, 24 carat gold and platinum.
Each creation has something of Yuri within it, instilled with much love and positive energy. This has been reported by people who have experienced positive changes after placing an object from the collection in their home.
A singular combination of the artist's receptiveness, romanticism and self-expression invested in each of his creations lends his rare collection its very special quality.