Katya Gridneva was born in 1965 in the Ukraine. As a child she loved to draw and paint. Her significant artistic talent was recognised by her acceptance in 1993 to the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.
Best known for her figurative pastel works, several of Katya's models are renowned ballerinas from the world famous Kirov company and Marrinsky Theatre. Katya won first prize for her portraits at the end of her first year of studies in 1994. Since completing her studies in St. Petersburg she has exhibited her paintings in the USA, Germany, Moscow, St Petersburg and in London at The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Royal Pastel Society at the Mall Galleries as well as with leading galleries across Great Britain.
1991 attended drawing classes in St.-Petersburg Academy of Arts.1993-1999 studied in portrait studio in St.-Petersburg Academy of Arts.Since 1999 lives and works in the UK. 2000 - 2002 Artist Resident Highclere Castle