Valeriy Gridnev studied in Russia at Sverdlovsk Art College from 1976 to 1980. He then enrolled at St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1983 and graduated in 1990. His graduation project “The Early Years” won The Gold Medal of USSR Academy of Arts. Valeriy worked for 4 years from 1990 at St. Petersburg Academy of Art’s postgraduate “creative” studio. Since 1999 Valeriy has lived and worked in the UK.

Memberships
The Pastel Society
Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes
2012  
The Alan Gourley Memorial Award for a painting of Outstanding Merit
2012
  First Prize in the publicly voted Stanley Grimm Award at the ROI

2011  Elected member of Royal Society of Portrait Painters
2006  Royal Society Of Portrait Painters, The Arts Club Award
2006  Elected member of Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2006 Pastel Society Exhibition, Orange Street Gallery Uppingham Prize
2005 ROI Exhibition, Windsor and Newton award to best non-member picture
2004 Not the Turner Prize Competition, Finalist prize
2003 Elected member of British Artists Pastel Society
2003 Pastel Society Exhibition, Frank Herring award
2000 Pastels of the Century, Frank Herring award
1991 Elected member of Russian Artist Federation
1990 The Gold Medal of the USSR Academy of Arts