Krishna Reddy Biography

Krishna Reddy




Krishna Reddy, printmaker and sculptor, was born on July 15, 1925, in the village of Chitoor, Andhra Pradesh, India. He received his Fine Arts diploma from the Vishwa-Bharati University in Santiniketan, West Bengal. Reddy moved briefly to London studying at the Slade School of Arts where he received his Certificate in Fine Arts in 1952. He traveled to Paris where he studied sculpture with Ossip Zadkine at the Academie Grande Chaumiere and printmaking at Stanley William Hayter’s experimental workshop Atelier 17 where he and Kaiko Moti discovered the principles of viscosity etching. He later served as co-director of Atelier 17 in Paris.

Reddy also studied sculpture with Henry Moore in England and Marino Marini in Italy. Reddy’s claim that sculpture is his love and the source of his inspiration can be easily recognized in his prints, as well as his sculpture and drawings.

Krishna Reddy first visited New York in 1964 when he and his wife, Shirley Witebsky (1925-1966), were invited to the International Symposium of Sculptors in Montreal where they worked on a monumental sculpture of Portuguese marble. From there he was invited to the American University in Washington, D.C. to teach a seminar on color prints. He later taught at the University of Wisconsin and was Professor and Director of the Department of Graphics and Printmaking at New York University where was Professor Emeritus of Art and Art Education. 


Krishna Reddy died at his home in Manhattan, New York, NY on August 22, 2018.

His work has been included in countless solo and group exhibitions internationally and is represented in the collections of the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Portland Art Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, the Winnipeg Art Museum, the National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, the Albertina Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Bhopal, India.