Yuri Grigoryan lives and works in Moscow. In 1969, he graduated from the Theater Department of the Moscow Art School 1905, and in 1976 – Moscow Art Institute named after V.I. Surikov, workshop Professor N. Ponomarev.
The university was the beginning of creative activity of the artist: his first Youth participation was in the exhibition of Moscow artists in 1972. Featuring rare capacity for work, by the end of high school, Yuri Grigoryan was able to report to the exhibition in the magazine “Youth” more than 70 paintings. Two years later, Yuri Grigoryan became a scholar of the Union of Artists of the USSR. For the work “Armenian woman”, Yuri Grigoryan was awarded with the Medal at the exhibition “Contemporary Soviet art “in Japan in 1987.
The main features which underscore the creative artist: a bright colouristic saturation, complex texture, harmonious composition built. From all the variety of genres (Grigorian wrote landscapes, still lifes, nude models and genre paintings), the artist is especially good at female portraits.
More than 50 works by Yuri Grigoryan are in the collections of public museums and galleries of Russia and the former Soviet Union, including the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Museum of Oriental Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, National Gallery of Armenia, and others. A significant number of works by Yuri Grigoryan are in the famous art galleries of various countries – Gallery Actuel G. Basmadzhana (France), Nicolay & Son (Germany), Show Office Montreal (Canada), New Generation Cultural Society (Australia), Roy Miles Gallery (England), Schnittke Museum (Germany), Museum of Bernd-Artin Wessels (Germany), Denver Museum M. (USA), as well as in many corporate and private (for example, Mikhail Gorbachev, Al Gore, and others) collections in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Sochi and abroad – in Croatia, Germany, USA, France, Italy, Canada, Turkey, Montenegro, Great Britain, Australia, Japan, China, Thailand, South Korea.
Two monographs have been devoted to creativity of Yuri Grigorian, although full bibliographic list includes more than 40 names. Among the authors: leading art historians and journalists of the country, writers. In the family archive of the artist, there are written confessions of sympathy to his works by Aram Khachaturian, Yuri Dombrowski, Andrei Dementiev. As before, most recently Yuri Grigoryan is active in exhibition activities, successfully participates in international auctions.
In August 2006, he was awarded with the title “Honored Artist of Russia” presidential decree.
In October 2010, he received the title of Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts.
In 2018, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts.
In 2022, he was awarded the title of full member (Academician) of the Russian Academy of Arts.
Works of the artist Yuri Grigorian are stored in:
- State Tretyakov Gallery;
- State Museum of Oriental Art;
- “Galerie Actuelle” Basmadzhana, France;
- “Nicholas and Son”, Germany;
- “Show Office Montreal,” Canada;
- “Cultural community of the new generation”, Australia;
- Museum R. Schnittke, Germany;
- Museum M. Denver, USA;
- Collections Miles, United Kingdom;
- Private collection in the US (Al Gore);
- Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Croatia, South Korea, Australia, Russia.