Krishna Reddy was born in Chitoor, Andhra Pradesh in 1925. He joined Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan in 1941 and completed his studies there in 1946. After graduation, he taught art at Kalakshetra in Madras for three years between 1947 and 1950. Going abroad in 1951, he studied for two years at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London. He studied sculpture with Ossip Zadkine in Paris (1952-1955), and with Mario Marini in Milan (1956-57). In Paris, he also studied engraving with S.W.Hayter during 1953-55. Reddy worked and taught at Hayter’s Atelier 17 in Paris from 1957 to 1976. He became an associate director at Atelier 17 in 1965.
Considered a master in intaglio printmaking, Krishna Reddy has been guest professor at many top-ranking universities in the United States. Reddy received the Padma Shri in 1972.
He has presented more than 200 solo exhibition of his work throughout the world. His works is in more than 250 international museum and major private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the British Museum, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery and Library of Congress, Washington,D.C.; the Albertina Museum, Vienna; and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Krishna Reddy was named Emeritus by the Southern Graphics Council (U.S.) in 2000 and is featured in a monograph, Krishna’s Cosmos, the Creativity of an Artist, Sculptor and Teacher, authored by Ratnottama Sengupta and published in 2003. Reddy is Professor Emeritus in Art at New York University where he taught for over twenty years after leaving Paris.