Krishna Reddy was born in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh in 1925. Krishna Reddy joined Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan 1941. He finished his studies there in 1946. After graduation, he taught art at Kalakshetra in the then Madras for three years between 1947 and 1950. Krishna Reddy went abroad in 195 1. For two years, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London and then he studied sculpture with Osip Zadkine between 1952 and 1955 in Paris and then with Marino Marini in Milan from 1956 to 1957. While in Paris, he also studied engraving with S W Hayter between 1953 and 1955.
Considered a master in intaglio printmaking, Krishna Reddy has been guest professor at many top-ranking universities in the USA. He became an associate director at Hayter's Atelier 17 in Pads since 1965. Reddy received the Padma Shri in 1972. Reddy's technique and style have distinguished him as one of the best printmakers of the world. Reddy's prints are abstract. He creates subtle grid-like designs on his plates with intricate texturisations. The myriad complex colour that he introduces in prints are marked by a contemplative approach to the infinite mysteries of nature.