Salomakhin is a self-taught artist whose credo is "not a single day without a brush."
Born in 1933 in Kazakhstan, he moved to the Kyrgyz Republic in 1956 after serving four
years in the military. Over the next 40 years, Jury developed his painting style while
working as an advertisement designer for Bishkek cinemas and a set designer for the
Theatrical Society and the Arts Fund. He also attended a drawing studio at the Artists'
House, and in 1997, joined the Artists' Union of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Over the years, Jury has participated in
several regional and international exhibitions, including the "60 Heroic Years"
all-union exhibition in Moscow (1978), a solo show in Bodman, Germany (1989), and the
national Spring and Autumn exhibitions in Bishkek (1998).
Jury considers himself an
orientalist. His works reflect his love of Asia and are inspired by the dark blue sky and
azure cupolas and tiles of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva, Uzbekistan.