Born in the Ukraine in 1965, Katya Gridneva studied at the St Petersburg Academy or Arts 1993-99, where she met her then husband, the artist Valeriy Gridnev.

Now living between England and Spain, Katya Gridneva  works in oils, pastels and charcoal.  She has exhibited her paintings in the USA, Germany, Moscow, St Petersburg and in London at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and Royal Institue of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries as well as with leading provincial galleries.  Usually working with Russian dancers and models, Katya is a hugely talented figure and portrait painter.