Ekaterina Shilyaeva is russian watercolor and graphic artist, architect and designer.

Born in 1964 in Ulyanovsk, she graduated from the school of Arts in Saratov in 1978. In 1987 she graduated from the Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. After graduation she has been working as an architect and interior designer in Saint Petersburg, always spending a lot of time with watercolor and graphic painting.

Since 2015, the watercolor becomes a major part of her career. Now Ekaterina Shilyaeva is actively exhibiting both in Russia and abroad. Her artworks won various awards and are located in private collections in Russia, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic and Finland.

Ekaterina works in different genres and techniques: plein air landscapes and floral compositions, portraits, indoor-painting from different objects or photos, painting by heart and from imagination. Color, improvisation, accuracy and courage of painting, ability to reflect texture, silhouette, light, form and feeling are at the heart of the artist’s work.


2020 – I International Biennial of watercolor art in Poland „Your identify through watercolor” (IWS Palac Lacja, Zakrzów, Poland)

2020 – Exhibition of russian artists „Watercolor Spring“ (Art-Kremlin gallery, Moscow, Russia)

2020 – III International Exhibition „Portrait of a cat” (Exhibition Center of Artists´ Union of Saint Petersburg)

2020 – Finalist of the I Annual International Juried Competition “Women in Watercolor” in “LANDSCAPE & WATER” category (USA)

2020 - First Award of the I International Watercolor Festival „Caspian Waves“ (Baku, Azerbaijan)

2020 – Second Award of Online competition „My Future” by Watercolor club, Facebook

2020 – Exhibition „Flowers – poetry of the nature“ (Molbert Art Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia)

2020 – Finalist of international watercolor competition „Step by Step“, IWS Poland

2020 – International Watercolor Exposition “Fabriano In Acquarello 2020” (Italy)

2020 – International Watercolor Exposition „Hello, Hongkong!“ (Hong Kong Central Library)

2019 – Award “Top 70 paintings” of Malaysia International Online Juried All Medium Competitions in “FLORA” category

2019 – First Award of the X International Biennial „ART-BRIDGE-WATERCOLOR“ (Yusupov Palace, St-Petersburg, Russia)

2019 – Watercolor Festival Kosovo (National Museum of Kosovo)

2019 – I OLYMPIART 2019 IWS India (Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts – IGNCA, New Delhi, India)

2019 – III International Watercolor Biennial „CASTRA 2019“ (Lokarjeva gallery, Ajdovščina, Slovenia)

2019 – III Tirana International Watercolor Biennial „Albania Super“ (National Historical Museum, Tirana, Albania)

2018 - Solo exhibition in the House of Architects (Polovtsov Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia)