Yurij Solovij, a painter, sculptor and art critic, was born in Lviv, resides in America. He finished his studies in a commercial art school in Lviv (1944). Since the 1950s, Solovij became fascinated with basic human themes of life and death, pain and suffering, and depicted them in his own unique style. His works are expressionistic, with a synthesis of formal and thematic elements bordering on the non-representational.
Solovij is one of a few Ukrainian artists who experimented with non-representational art, especially with American Abstract Expressionism. Since 1970, he has worked with mixed media. The collage Untitled / IV is from this period and shows the artist’s fascination with the formal elements and structure of a composition, arrangement of colour planes and the textures of various materials.