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 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.