East Village legend Yuri Kapralov died of a stroke on 27 August following a battle with liver disease. Kapralov, 73, was honored in an obituary, "Yuri Kapralov, a 'grandfather' of E.V. counterculture" in the 21-27 September issue of the Villager.
Kapralov came to New York as a refugee of World War II from the Caucusus, then part of the Soviet Union.
Kapralov was first and foremost an artist. "Though he never attained any lasting fame, his works - which included abstract paintings, sculptures and constructions made of found materials - were featured in group shows alongside artists like William de Kooning and Franz Kline," writes the Villager.
Better known are his books, including the gothic novel Castle Dubrava, Devil's Midnight about the Russian Civil War, and Once there Was a Village, about the East Village in the 1960s and 1970s. The latter is about Kapralov's life in the neighborhood; in 1965 he moved to East Seventh Street, and then later to East 11th Street. More than just a memoir, the book is a social history of the East Village - and its Slavic residents in particular - during that period.
(Photo: Yuri Kapralov from the Villager)