Youriy Balashov, born in 1964 in Moscow, USSR (let me confirm the year)
Balashov has begun his career as an artist with creating music album covers at the age of 18. After winning a number of national competitions inside the USSR and then Russia, his artistic achievements culminated with getting the prestigious Grammy Award in 1996 for design of the covers for the musical album of Frank Zappa (last one during the great musician's lifetime). Balashov has also developed a unique style in poster arts during the late 80s and early 90s. His works are present in private collections in the USA, Sweden, Germany and Russia.