Artist, Writer & Publisher Uri Dowbenko was born in Chicago in 1951 to Ukrainian parents who came to America after surviving the Nazi German and Soviet Russian onslaughts. Raised in Western Pennsylvania, his artistic and writing career began in high school, when he founded an unsanctioned politically incorrect newspaper called “The Lamb,” an alternative to the official school paper called “The Ram.” He went to school at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Vienna in Austria. At age 19 he took an “early retirement,” rounding out his education by taking a cross-country journey across Europe and Africa – from Egypt to East Africa, then to Senegal, which took a year to complete. He says that now he has the rest of his life to work.
In 1973 he moved to San Francisco and attended the San Francisco Art Institute and the School of Holography, where he became a holography instructor and was involved in producing many of the first white light and multiplex holograms ever made. His “Exhibit of White Light Holograms” (three-dimensional photographic images made with lasers and mirrors) was shown at Foothill College, San Jose State University, California Institute of the Arts, and Seattle Art Museum.
Dowbenko’s book “Homegrown Holography: How to Make Holograms in Your Own Low Cost Studio” (Watson Guptill) was one of the first practical handbooks on the art and science of holography ever published.
Since then, he has worked as a designer, photographer, and writer in his advertising, marketing and PR firm with clients, primarily in Los Angeles and Orange County, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area, producing many corporate brochures, websites, sales promotion and marketing programs.
In 1987 he moved to Montana, where he continued his advertising, marketing and publicity business, commuting to Los Angeles and Northern California to meet with clients for 10 years.
Dowbenko’s writing includes hundreds of articles, movie reviews, interviews and investigative writing pieces. He is considered one of Alternative Media’s foremost writers and media analysts and a distinctive voice of modern American journalism.
In 2000, he became the founder of Alternative Media websites — Conspiracy Planet, Al Martin Raw, Steamshovel Press and Conspiracy Digest, as well as the founder and publisher of National Liberty Press, which has published “The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran Contra Insider” by Al Martin.
Described as one of the “hottest books in print,” “The Conspirators” by government whistleblower Al Martin is a memoir and firsthand account of his experiences with the Bush Cabal, most notably his former associates, Oliver North and General Richard Secord. Nexus Magazine hailed the book as a “sensational expose” and it was called a “tour de force” by Eye Spy Magazine.
Dowbenko’s book, “Bushwhacked: Inside Stories of True Conspiracy,” has been described as “compelling” and “well sourced, packed with new revelations.” His latest book, “Hoodwinked Watching Movies With Eyes Wide Open”, is a collection of the “most politically incorrect movie reviews ever published.”
In the meantime, Dowbenko had become so frustrated by the unfulfilled potential of holography as an art medium that he took an artistic hiatus for more than 20 years.
More recently after several art exhibits, Dowbenko, as a curator and gallerist, decided to open his own venue to market his own and his friends’ work – New Improved Art, an ironic and iconic name referencing his former ad agency called New Improved Marketing.
The virtual gallery’s first venture into the world of art fairs was in February 2007 at the Fountain Art Fair in New York City, concurrent with the Armory Show. Since then the gallery has also exhibited at the short-lived Bridge Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach 2008.
Uri Dowbenko’s paintings are in the collections of
* Roy and Leah Black
* Louise Blouin
* Asher Edelman
* Mike Sitrick
Now in an overcrowded art fair market, New Improved Art is contemplating its next strategic move….