Krishna Reddy Biography

Krishna Reddy




Krishna Reddy, printmaker, sculptor, and teacher, was born on 15 July 1925 in the village of Chitoor, Andhra Pradesh, India. He received his Fine Arts diploma in 1947 from the Vishwa-Bharati University in Santiniketan, West Bengal. From 1947 to 1950, Reddy headed the art section at Kalakshetra Chennai, and then studied under the spiritual teacher Jiddu Krishamurti who helped Reddy go to Europe. Between the years 1951 and 1952, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Arts, University of London, where he received his Certificate in Fine Arts in 1952.

He traveled to Paris where he studied sculpture with Ossip Zadkine at the Acadeémie Grande Chaumière where he received a Certificate in Fine Arts in 1955. During this period he was introduced to Stanley William Hayter’s experimental workshop Atelier 17 where later he and Kaiko Moti discovered the principles of viscosity etching. Reddy also served co-director of Atelier 17 in Paris.

Reddy studied sculpture with Marino Marini at the Academia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan where he received a Certificate in Fine Arts in 1957. Reddy’s claim that sculpture was his love and the source of his inspiration can be easily recognized in his prints, as well as his sculpture and drawings.

Reddy first visited New York in 1964 when he was invited along with the International Symposium of Sculptors to 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 for forty years.

In 1999, Reddy was honored by the Manhattan Graphics Center, New York and, in 2005, he received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Society of American Graphic Artists. A retrospective exhibition of his work was mounted by the Bronx Museum of Arts in 1981.

Reddy’s work was included in countless solo and group exhibitions internationally and is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Bhopal; the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Memphis Brooks Museum, Memphis, Tennessee; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Portland Art Museum, Oregon; the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California; the Albertina Museum, Vienna; the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art Washington D.C.; the Winnipeg Art Museum, Canada; and the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts.

Krishna Reddy died in New York on 22 August 2018.