After finishing highschool in 1998 Yuri started his education in Multimedia design at the "Grafisch Lyceum Eindhoven". After graduating in 2002 and a year of various employment he attended the "Utrecht school of the arts" from 2003 up until 2007 where he finished his Bachelor in "Image & Media Technology" and his Masters of Arts in "Image Synthesis & Computer Animation" with honors.
Parallel to his studies, in collaboration with 2 former classmates; Laurens Kauw A Tjoe and Jasper Timmermans, they founded a design & animation collective called "Pixodus". Yuri was actively involved in Pixodus from 2007 to 2010. He now works freelance for various companies.