YURY SHTAPAKOV (*1958) was born in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), Russia. In 1978, having graduated from Leningrad Architectural College he launched his professional career as an architect and graphic designer. Since 1983 Yury has been focusing on book illustration, painting and printmaking. In 1988 he founded the art-group “Steel Sunflower Seeds” and, in 2002, co-founded St. Petersburg Print Studio. Yury joined the Artists’ Union of Russia in 1993. In his current capacity as a printmaking instructor at Smolny Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences in St. Petersburg (Bard College), HSE Art and Design School. Yury has been teaching traditional and experimental printmaking courses since 2004. Yury has exhibited his work in more than 250 shows in Russia, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, and France. Many of his works have been acquired by renowned private and public collections, including the State Hermitage Museum, the Russian Museum and the National Public Library.Full bio.