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San Diego Rock 'N' Roll Marathon

2011-05-26 17:48

SAN DEIGO, CA

– “This is not just an event. This is our reality.

” Rock ’N’ Roll Marathon’s official artist Yuroz, knows a thing or two about wanting to make a difference.  On June 5th of thousands of people from all over the world will come together in beautiful San Diego for the 2011 Rock ’N’ Roll Marathon. For the past fourteen years, since the race’s inauguration, artist Yuroz has joined others in the event, to raise money for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society of America.

 

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With more than one million dollars raised from his work alone, Yuroz’ art, and the support behind it, go towards putting a major dent in the fight against Lymphoma and Leukemia. “There are many people who are less fortunate than us. For them, every day is a struggle just to be alive. This doesn’t only affect them, but this impacts their loved ones as well.  Unfortunately, the government alone cannot allocate enough funds for the research needed to find a cure.  Getting the public involved is vital for this cause, more funding means more research,” comments Yuroz.

 

Every year, Yuroz creates an original work of art, which is made into a poster.  The price of the original artwork surpasses one hundred thousand dollars, however, everyone has the opportunity to win the painting simply by purchasing a $ 5 raffle ticket. That purchase gives you the chance to own the original Yuroz painting, and to contribute to the cause. Tickets for the raffle will be sold during the Health & Fitness Expo on June 3-4 at the San Diego Convention Center. 

Every year, Yuroz creates an original work of art, which is made into a poster.  The price of the original artwork surpasses one hundred thousand dollars, however, everyone has the opportunity to win the painting simply by purchasing a $ 5 raffle ticket. That purchase gives you the chance to own the original Yuroz painting, and to contribute to the cause. Tickets for the raffle will be sold during the Health & Fitness Expo on June 3-4 at the San Diego Convention Center. 

The Yuroz’ painting for 2011 is titled, “The Blue Rose Garden.”

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How does it work -- How does a painting inspire ideas?

Carlos Tornes, a professional guitarist visited Yuroz’ art studio in downtown Los Angeles recently. There, he happened to see the United Nation Human Rights mural, waiting to be shipped to Rome to become part of a New World Peace and Creativity Organization. Carlos was amazed by how the messages of the UN Human Rights had been transferred into a visual language of shapes and colors. Yuroz explained the painting to him, particularly the meaning behind his symbols of the blue rose and pomegranate. Days later, Carlos visited Yuroz again and surprised him with a song he had composed, inspired by the blue roses in the painting.

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Yuroz uses the blue rose to symbolize healing through love and compassion. He explains, “In mythology the color blue is the color of heaven and indefinite depth and symbolizes mental and emotional healing and the rose is a symbol of love, the blue rose offers compassion signifying healing through your love”.

“I was speechless” Yuroz says. “I just could not believe that the painting could have such an impact on him. I felt honored.”

Soon Carlos and his band, who included a special performance by Haig, Yuroz’ seventeen-year old son, completed the song and have prepared to unveil this work of musical imagination on stage during the Rock N Roll Marathon’s dinner honoring The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The same stage in fact, where Yuroz’ painting for this year’s Marathon will be unveiled on the fourth of June. 

“After hearing the song, I saw a clear image of this year’s painting in my mind. It is amazing how the lyrics in the song portrayed the marathon. When you look at this race, the mass of people on the street, it looks like a garden of blue roses. Blue roses, because every single person in this race runs with such compassion for their cause.  Their desire to help others who are less fortunate is inspiring…. It is a great human quality…. This is the way I want to see the world”

That’s what it all comes down to. With every runner in a marathon, or musician, or with every set of feet strolling through a gallery, it all comes down to communication and compassion.

From Yuroz notebook

As always, everything starts from an idea, an inspiration - that magical sparkle which comes from the universe. Then the artist does the drawings and the sketches. I can’t compare this magical process with anything else in life. The best way to describe this magic, is to imagine watching your child develop, from the moment of the conception .The only difference here is that you have a control of your work. You can change the nose or eyes; you can make it [the subject] male or female… You are the creator and you are the god for that specific creation…

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I have been painting almost all my life and never can get over the feeling of self-satisfaction when I finish a painting. This feeling of excitement becomes more magical when you actually have a chance to view the photographs of the painting in various unfinished steps. For these purposes I take several pictures of the unfinished painting in different stages.

Every school teaches you a certain formula for how to start the painting and how to finish. I go completely with feeling. If I am really exited about flowers and want to work on flowers then I will do that. I know it’s not a classic way to paint, but the important thing is for me to be exited about the work and keep that excitement. This way, you are doing what exactly you want to do.

My recent visit to Moscow gave ma an opportunity to see more of Russian Icons… the simplicity and perfect structure of their composition, the minimal color pallet combined with a gold background, just made the visual experience heavenly….

“The Blue Rose Garden” is a perfect example of the process I described above.

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