Yuri van Poppel (1975) is designer, curator and graffiti writer. He studied art history and product design in the United Kingdom and in the Netherlands. In primary school he started writing graffiti, and as a teenager and student he was already working as graphic designer designing identities and artwork for club nights and events. After graduation he worked as creative director in advertising where he won multiple awards for his creative work. Simultaneously he was invited to participate in various international projects and exhibitions with his graffiti work.
In recent years, he is expanding his autonomous body of work. After publishing a book for which he invited others to curate his urban photography he is currently exploring the crossover between graffiti writing and ceramic craft. With @glazedgraffiti he is the first ever to spray ceramic glazes using custom built spray cans, capturing the raw energy of street writing in a new medium.
Yuri has long been part of street- and counterculture, and has always been fascinated by it. The influence of what once were marginal subcultures on mainstream popular culture is clearly visible in today’s world, and in his work.