“Valeriy Grachov was born in Archangelsk, Russia in 1949. He went to school in Leningrad in 1956 and later moved to Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine with the family. He graduated from high school in Kiev and entered Kiev’s Institute of Design and Architecture in 1966 with following graduation in 1972.
Grachov has traveled and resided and worked in many places around and on the mountains in Central Asia, Baikal, Far East, and also on the islands in the Japanese Sea. He has lived and worked in Jyvaskyla (Finland) in 1988, Trenton (USA) in 1989-90, Prague (Czech Rep.) in 1974-75 and presently lives in Kiev, Ukraine.”