Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Katya Chilingiri came to the United States in 1996. Her work has been shown at: the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey; the Igor Stravinsky Museum, Ustilug, Ukraine; the Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, Maryland; the Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton, New York; the Decker Gallery, the Pinkard Gallery and the Fox 3 Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland; the Mattin Center at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland; the Saint Petersburg Symphony Hall, Saint Petersburg, Russia; the Baker Arts Center, Liberal, Kansas; the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, New Jersey; The Robeson Gallery, State College, Pennsylvania and, The FotoWeekDC in Washington, DC.
In 2003, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Towson University where she was the recipient of the 2003 Towson University Art Department Award. In 2007, Ms. Chilingiri was awarded her Master of Arts degree in Digital Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Katya Chilingiri was awarded Master of Fine Arts degree in the Studio Art Program from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011.