Katya Gridneva

Internationally renowned dance & figurative artist

Katya’s favourite artist is French impressionist Dance artist Edgar Degas, who has inspired her since childhood. She says…,


“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain, you end up boring people.” – Edgar Degas.

Katya Gridneva, a Ukrainian expressionist figurative painter, is a member of ICAS gallery’s list of artists. Her works are thought-provoking compositions that showcase her mastery of various mediums, including oils, pastels, charcoal, pencil sketches, and mixed media.

Katya’s works capture the mood and light that flow across her figurative pieces. Her in-depth knowledge of the human figure’s anatomical structure is evident in her paintings, attributed to her time spent perfecting her drawing skills at the World-renowned Academy of Fine Arts St. Petersburg.

Katya’s passion for dance is also reflected in her paintings, which depict dancers with grace and elegance, capturing the love and movement of the art form. She began taking drawing classes at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg in 1991 and completed the entire art course in 1999. In the same year, she moved to England, where she currently lives and works from her studio.

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. “– Edgar Degas.


She has exhibited widely in galleries around the UK and major cities around the World. Her husband, Valeriy, and son, Fedor, are well-known artists. We welcome enquiry for particular commission works or a personal portrait of a family member to be completed by our gallery artists.

Katya Gridneva Ballerina
Katya Gridneva Figurative Dance Art Collection

Step into the enchanting world of dance through the captivating Dance series featuring the original masterpiece “Standing Ballerina” from the studios of Katya Gridneva. This work pays homage to the enduring allure of dance and draws parallels with the modern interpretations inspired by the legendary artist Degas.
“Standing Ballerina” showcases Gridneva’s artistic finesse, brought to life through a pastel study on paper. The ethereal quality of pastels imbues the graceful dancer with vitality, capturing the essence of movement and the emotions dance encapsulates.
The completed artwork measuring 110cm x 80cm, this exquisite piece commands attention with its dimensions, inviting you into a world of dance artistry. The ICAS framing workshop has expertly framed it in an elegant contemporary two-tone inner white frame, hand-gold-gilded to perfection. The application of UV museum glass preserves and protects this delicate artwork.
Gridneva’s “Standing Ballerina” not only celebrates the art of dance but also pays tribute to the enduring influence of Degas. This painting serves as a bridge connecting the past and the present, where the legacy of dance persists and evolves.
Through this masterpiece, Katya Gridneva gracefully extends a modern brushstroke to the legacy of dance. “Standing Ballerina” is a testament to her artistic skill, reverence for tradition, and remarkable ability to imbue movement and emotion onto paper. It is a profound homage to the timeless art of dance, harmonizing its enduring essence and contemporary expression.

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