Born November 17, 1937 in Moscow, Russia.
Attended Textile Institute, Department of Applied Arts,
Moscow 1957 – 1963.
Worked as an artist at KPI – Center of Applied Arts,
Moscow, 1964 – 1977.
The majority of her work involved the design and creation of
large tapestries and theatre curtains, commissioned by the Soviet State.
Admitted in the USSR Union of Artists in 1970.
Married Yuri Grachev in 1963.
Daughter, Maria, was born in 1965.
Immigrated in 1977 from Soviet Union with her family,
and moved to New York City, in the United States.
Free-lance artist in the USA, 1978 -1984
Computer Programmer - Herbert. H. Lehman College, New York,
1984 - 2002
Elizabeth and Yuri, both artists, held full-time jobs.
Yuri worked as a scenic artist at the Metropolitan Opera House for 10 years until he got sick.
Elizabeth worked as a computer programmer at Lehman College for 18 years.
In December 2001, after her husband’s death, Elizabeth participated (with four large oil paintings) in the “Abstraction in Russia” exhibition at The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. Then together with the works of her late husband, Yuri Grachev, had a personal exhibition at The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg (March – May 2005).
To help promote her husband’s work following his death in 2000, she has been in constant contact with these Russian museums. In addition, in 2002, Elizabeth wrote a memoir in Russian which contains reproductions of her husband’s drawings and paintings, additional reminiscences written by his friends and family and his essays on art and life and his letters to his friends in Russia.