Barbara Grena grew up in Long Island City, New York and studied art at Newtown High School, in Jackson Heights Queens. Her father and maternal grandfather who were fantastic artists influenced her. After high school she was pushed in many directions, working a few years in photography and commercial art.
In the early 70’s she received a Fine Arts Certificate from the Washington University of Art in Chicago, Illinois and later studied Communication Design at Brookdale College in New Jersey.
She had numerous shows including one woman shows at the Guild of Creative Art, The Ocean County Artist Guild, The Little Silver Borough Hall and Georgian Court College. Barbara has exhibited at the Lever House Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, The Pastel Society of America (P.S.A.), and Salmagundi Club, all in New York City. Her art works have been included in juried exhibitions including the Monmouth Museum the Monmouth Festival of the Arts the Pastel Society of America. In July 2004, her pastel ‘In Honor of All the Heroes’ was accepted for the exhibition entitled ‘American Dreams Post 9/11’ at the Salmagundi Club .She also received letters from former Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Bloomberg thanking her for the moving depiction of the September 11th tragedy. Her art is also included in many private and corporate collections
Throughout her career, she received many awards and was featured in news papers, including the Asbury Park Press, Two River Times, The Middletown Independent, The Star Ledger and others.
Memberships include the Pastel Society of America, the Monmouth Art Society, the Monmouth Arts Council, The Ocean County Artist Guild, Guild of Creative Art and Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast.
Barbara appears in the Marquis publication, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in American Women and Who's Who in American Art.
Her latest accomplishment was inclusion in the Best of Worldwide Landscape Artist Publication.