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FATKULIN , Yuri Victorov A Baltimore fixture for the past 30 years, Yuri Fatkulin , better known as "Yuri the Artist", has succumbed to cancer and passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Mr. Fatkulin, better known to all as just Yuri, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he was a graduate of the very prestigious St. Petersburg University, earning a doctorate Degree in the study of art and history. He came to Baltimore under exile, while fleeing his, then oppressive, country, Russia. He was given Asylum by the U.S. Government and protected under our laws as an exile. It was not long, that Yuri became proficient in the English language and became a part of the Baltimore Scene. His American "roots" are mostly entrenched in East Baltimore, where one could see him roaming the Fells Point, Canton, and Little Italy streets on a daily basis, always with paint brushes and palette in hand. Yuri's talent began to be more and more recognized as time went by. He was commissioned by the Maryland State Lottery in the early days to create and paint the original "Lottery Clock" which was viewed in the background on a daily basis in the nightly drawings. One of the most prestigious jobs incurred on Yuri was the restoration of the magnificent ceiling in the "John Eager Howard" room at the Belvedere Hotel. Following this restoration, Yuri made his living creating "beautiful" art for many local restaurants. Anyone who has ever eaten at a plethora of Baltimore Restaurants may have been embraced by some of Yuri's Art. Among some of the eateries, which still display his artwork are Rocco's, Germano's, Vinny's, Latin Palace, Finn's, Speakeasy, Diego Dames, Palmerie's and Cafe Gia's. It is at Cafe Gia's, where he has done the most extensive work of his career. He has literally spent the past six years devoting his time to this masterpiece of Artwork. He spent the last days of his life, never wanting to stop what he loved most...creating Beauty At Cafe Gia Ristorante. His last works were, beautifully painted tabletops which he finished just before he passed. Yuri had a knack about him. He never fully "finished a painting", as many of the people who commissioned his work can attest to, he always would say, in the old country there is a saying, "never finish a job...because when you do...you die"...and then he would laugh. One of his biggest fans and procurer of his artwork was "Bob" from "The Antique Man" store, a well known antique dealer in Fell's Point. Besides his artwork, Yuri will be remembered for his ability to transcend and adapt to any situation. Yuri was an extremely educated man who could have a conversation with a "King" or a "Pauper" and respect each fully. Everyone Yuri encountered in life became his "best" friend. This is a talent very few human beings have. He was a loving human being, sometimes misunderstood as many of us are. Yuri's legacy is his free spirit, and his love of everything that only his eyes could see as a work of Art. He is survived by one son, Yuri Bisignani; young Yuri's mom Auretta Bisignani; his sister and niece Luda and Ana, in St. Petersburg, Russia, and many, many, "best" friends and acquaintances. Through the very generous donation by one of his "best" friends, "Jimmy".
Yuri will be in repose on Wednesday January 18, 2012, from 2 PM to 9 PM at the JOSEPH N. ZANNINO JR. FUNERAL HOME, 263 S. Conkling St. (at Gough) in Highlandtown. A celebration of life and memorial will be held at the Sons of Italy/Little Italy Lodge on THURSDAY, January 19, 2012, from 6 PM to 8:30 PM, located at the 900 Block of East Pratt St. Anyone who knew Yuri, or has any art or stories to share, please come. Bring a beer or two to the Sons of Italy/Little Italy Lodge Hall, one for you and one for a toast to Yuri, he would like that...Thank You.

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Published in Baltimore Sun on Jan. 17, 2012.
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February 13, 2012
Hey, Yur.......thinking of you.....hope you are finally at peace......we do miss your stopping by every day....sometimes, we look out and swear you are on your way in....we are at peace knowing we got to be with you every night and day in the end....it was expected but a little sudden...rest in peace my friend......A Dio !
giovanna
February 12, 2012
Hey D.D.
You suddenly left us a month ago. We are still sad and thinking of you every day. You are not here physically but we still feel your presence. Your spirit is among us.
With love, Fifi Arame
January 21, 2012
Amy Ruth's Restaurant, Harlem New York
Fifi Arame
January 20, 2012
His brush was his bestfreind.His masterpeice is his son Yuri.Thank You my young LOVE,Auretta the mother of your son Yuri.
January 20, 2012
Yuri , ciao ,May the good Lord give you Rest and Peace for eternity ....You have left us the Salvatore Aquia Family of Perry Hall with a beautiful sketch of Lina done at Giovanna's restaurant a few years ago .... ciao , amico ... Sal Aquia
January 19, 2012
The great artist and great friend you were will manifest your legacy within the walls you painted and the hearts you touched, especially in LI. RIP, Yuri...
Elyse Costello
January 19, 2012
Yesterday, after the prayers with friends and family, I saw him entering to heaven much lighter, he was at peace... His family and friends, and most of all his son Yuri, including his work of art are a beautiful legacy. For the whole family, whether in Russia or here, may God bless the family in this time of sorrow. We will miss you Yuri "DD"
Fifi Arame
January 19, 2012
Gia,
Thank you so much for your message to me. Are you the owner of the cafe he painted for?
Jennifer Napolitano
January 19, 2012
Yuri,
Now I see who you take after, your the image of your father. They say the apple does fall far from the tree. I also see that your doodling is a part of your legacy. Sorry for your loss.
Mary Michalski
January 18, 2012
May you rest in peace Yuri, such a great artist.
Anna Serafini
January 18, 2012
I think Yuri had these thoughts; "My art springs from my desire to have things in the world which would otherwise never be there."
Carl Andre
Bill Bertazon
January 18, 2012
January 18, 2012
the young artist
Jennifer Napolitano
January 18, 2012
many of Yuri's tables and wall murals in Cafe Gia
January 18, 2012
mural in Cafe Gia
January 18, 2012
mural in Cafe Gia
January 18, 2012
Jennifer Napolitano,
We have never met, but I KNOW you. Yuri sparkled when he spoke of you, which was very often. His eyes lit up, his face glowed. You brought out a very sensitive, compassionate, giddy side of him. I have always felt compelled to convey this message and now I guess the time is right.
Gia Daniella Blattermann
January 18, 2012
I loved him. He sparkled.

No, I love him. And somewhere, he sparkles even brighter now.
Jennifer Napolitano
January 18, 2012
"He was blessed with a God given talent of art...which will live on forever. He was also blessed with an incredible son, as well. Retta and Yuri, I am sorry for your loss...he was a special soul and will be missed." With love...Erin O
January 18, 2012
You will be remembered as long as we live.
Anna and Liudmila Kniazev
January 17, 2012
Yuri with little Yuri
Jennifer Napolitano
January 17, 2012
Yuri with sister in Russia
Jennifer Napolitano
January 17, 2012
Yuri as a child in Russia with sister Liuda
Jennifer Napolitano
January 17, 2012
Yuri with parents in Russia
Jennifer Napolitano
January 17, 2012
Yuri in front of mural
Jennifer Napolitano
January 17, 2012
Yuri with kitten
Jennifer Napolitano
January 17, 2012
Yuri with baby son
Jennifer Napolitano
January 17, 2012
Yuri in race car
Jennifer Napolitano
January 17, 2012
Yuri in race car
Jennifer Napolitano
January 17, 2012
Yuri as a young man in Russia
Jennifer Napolitano
January 17, 2012
He called me Africana, I called him Russo. He was like oil, and I was like water... He could never go without me, I could never go without him. Two people from two different world,but still one love, one move...Now who's going to take me out on fridays, fuss me out, laugh and joke with me. Who's going to take me out at the end of the school semester...Where would I turn when life get tought?
Arame Richardson
January 17, 2012
Yuri, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your mother. Andie Mace
January 17, 2012
Nice Guy with a great talent
Mike P
January 17, 2012
Truly a loss! You have touched the lives of so many! You live on in the beautiful works you leave us. A legacy of beautiful art.
Merrie Guyton
January 17, 2012
You have touched my wife and I in ways you will never know. It was indeed a pleasure to be friends with you. you will truly be missed.
Samuel and Bettye Tune
January 16, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Teri Betit
January 16, 2012
Most people leave their mark by the way they live life. Yuri will be remembered for the way he painted ours.
Mel Stachura
January 16, 2012
I see with eyes that could not see....the meaning of your love for the world which you envisioned with eyes that only an Artist could see..... you have left your beautiful mark in this world with colorful acrylics and oils that only you could put together and blend to create a masterpiece. Yuri, I don't believe that I shall ever look at a paint brush, the rest of my life, and not think of you......At times it was tough...a torment that only the depths of an Artist could endure....but every painting you created was an extension of your life......You my friend....will live forever....in our thoughts..... in our hearts.....in the visual world which you created.....A Dio, my friend........
Giovanna
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