Yuri Yakovlevich Plotnikov was born in 1941 in the Altai. Graduated from Tashkent Art Institute. He lives ad works in Almaty. Throughout several decades he taught painting at Almaty State University named after Abay.
One of the first picturesque series that attracted attention of viewers and foreign collectors to Plotnikov was a series of original variations on the theme of M. Bulgakov's novel Master and Margarita.