Marta Grigorieva is a Russian-born, Monaco-based portrait painter whose paintings are in private collections in Great Britain, America, and Europe. Marta’s work has been exhibited in New York, London, Turin, Milan, Moscow, Sochi Art Museum and Karachaevo-Cherkesia museum.
Marta Grigorieva is a member of International Federation of Artists and Moscow Union of Artists, and member of the Monegasque National Committee of the International Association of Plastic Arts at UNESCO.
Marta’s original work is a reflection of her manifold experiences in the arts from classical music, early exposure to the modern masters and the unique urban and seaside topographies that have shaped her life. Her works have been described as “Finely crafted with bucolic hues that are eye catching and uplifting but never at the expense of a deeper meaning and sophisticated sensuality”.(1)
Marta painted portraits, among others, of Robin John Gibb, the son of the Bee Gee’s Robin Gibb, Professor Robert Mundell, the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, HRH Princess Michael of Kent, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of Easy Jet, Pavarotti and Sinatra, at request of Sir Stelios, as well as children of vice-chairman of UBS, Philip Byrne in London.
Marta was born in Russia into a medical and musical family. After studying pianoforte and violin at the St. Petersburg preparatory school for the Conservatory, she achieved a BA in economics at Moscow Technological University.
In 1990, taking advantage of Perestroika, she moved to New York City, where she worked at Christie’s, Russian department specializing in Faberge.
In 1996 – 1997 Marta attended Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, reading fine arts, art history. On her return to New York , while working this time at Sotheby’s, she began to study portrait and figure painting with the leading American portraitist Nelson Shanks at the Art Student League.
At the same time as continuing to expand the conventions of figurative painting, focusing on revealing the various and often hidden aspects of her subjects’ inner worlds, Marta has also explored a dazzling array of other media, including murals, trompe l’oeil and plein air landscape. Her oeuvre is distinguished throughout by its exceptional use of colour and light.
2005 Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia workshop with Nelson Shanks.
1999-2004 Painted the portrait and figure with Nelson Shanks at the Art Student’s League, New York.
2002-2003 Studied design and figure with Sergio Albano, Turin, Italy.
2001 Studied portraiture at the Prince of Wales Foundation, London.
2000 and 1997 Attended drawing and anatomic courses at The Water Street Atelier, New York.
1997 Sabbatical in Venice, Italy.
1997 Completed graduate study in Fine Arts at Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences concentrating in the Italian Renaissance.
1995-1997 Attended painting courses at the Harvard University School of Visual Arts, Carpenter Center, Cambridge, MA.
1994 Painted landscapes in London, England.
1993 Painted landscapes in Lugano, Switzerland.
1990 Relocated to New York City.
1990 Graduated from Moscow Technological University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.
Began painting at the age of 11.
Began studying music in St. Petersburg at the age of 6 – pianoforte and violin.
(1) ‘Adam Garrie, London based artist and collector
Marta’s subjects are often conventional: figure, portraits and landscapes. But in her handling of coulour she secured her place as 21-century master.