Born in 1938 in Moscow, at the age of six Misha began his artistic studies at the prestigious art school for gifted young artists. He graduated with honors from Moscow State Art College and The University of Fine Arts in the capital. He also studied Film Directing at the University of Cinematography in Moscow.
Russian culture and literature influence his artistic perception. A love for the music of Russian composers and Russian Ballet, inspires him. He sees ballet as sculpture in motion.
He was wildly acclaimed and his artworks were placed in prestigious museums, but he felt "muzzled" by restrictions against free artistic expressions. In 1972, with his wife Galina and their young sons, he immigrated from Russia to North America. The art which he has created in the Soviet Union was declared a National Treasure, and by law could not be removed from the country. His talent and golden hands enabled him to start his career again and face the challenges and difficulties of being a new immigrant in a new country. Freedom brought forth beauty. A classical romantic style emerged when the background of Russian school and culture where combined with New World Liberty.
After some time, Frid had the lucky opportunity to develop a relationship and work with Erte, who was 80 years old, but still a living legend and Master of Art Deco.
Because there is so much stress around us, Frid opts for fantasy and dreams. Sculpting in bronze, he fashions beautiful graceful humans. In addition to balance and harmony there is also an original concept and philosophy. He explores the hypnotic power of music. Look closely and the figure will move. Listen and you will hear the full tone of the cello and the singing of the harp. His art is unforgettable and "All of us need to dream from time to time" he says.
Frid's gift goes beyond sculpting exquisitely sensual figures. He brings them to life through details and patina. This is neo-classicism at its finest, the ability to create perfect traditional form then to inject thought and emotion.
His predominant medium is bronze, Frid enjoys working with traditional materials like marble and wood and modern materials like crystal acrylic, where the play of light lends to an ethereal quality.
He has exhibited in many cities such as London, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, New York and many others. The response was overwhelming.
His works are in private, corporate collections, represented in many galleries and museums around the world. His "Lady of the Lily" graces a Toronto street-scape. It was commissioned by the city as a public works display.
Misha Frid is an Honorable Fellow of the Sculptor's Society of Moscow, a fellow of the Sculptor's Society of Canada, and an Official Sculptor for the 1996 100th Anniversary of the Olympics in Atlanta. American Sports Art Museum and Archives has three of his sculptures on permanent display.
He is now known as a world renown artist. He is currently resides in San Francisco Bay Area.
In Misha Frid's art, there is always fluid motion, light, and Joy. As the sculptor of dreams, he shares his vision with other dreamers.
1944 School for Gifted Children
1954 Graduated with Honors
1954 Admitted to Moscow State Art College
1957 Graduated with Honors
1957 Admitted in Moscow State University of Fine Arts Sculpting Faculty
1962 Graduated with Honors
3. Selected Exhibitions
1961 Annual exhibit of Young Artists of Moscow
1964 Monumental Art of Moscow, USSR
1966 Kunsthandwerlichen exhibition, Berlin, Germany
1966 Young Artist Exhibit, Warsaw, Poland
1967 Hermitage Monumental Art, Leningrad, USSR
1967 Russian Pavilion Montreal International Art Expo, Canada
1974 Gallery Tov, Jerusalem, Israel
1974 Museum of Natural Art, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1974 Jewish Community Center, Los Angeles
1980 Los Angeles Museum of Art
1981 Palm Spring Museum of Art
1985 Marigold Gallery, NY
1985 Lana Gold Gallery, Toronto Canada
1986 Hyat Hotel exhibit, Canada
1987 Connesure show, Canada
1988 Connesure Show, Canada
1989 International Art Expo, Canada
1990 International Art Expo, Canada
1991 International Art Expo, New York
1991 "Lady of the Lily" opening, Toronto
1993 International Art Expo, Tokyo Japan
1994 International Art Show, Miami
1995 International Art Expo, New York
1996 Sculptor Society of Canada one man show
1996 Robert Mede Gallery, Toronto
1997 Robert Mede Gallery, Toronto
1997 Gallery 1001, Toronto
2002 Prince Arthur Art Gallery, Toronto
2003 Toronto Inside Art Show
2004 Toronto Inside Art Show
2004 International Art Expo, New York
2004 Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
2005 Permanent Display at American Sports Art Museum and Archives
2005 Pasquale Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 Nevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 Nevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 Nevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 ArtPeople Gallery, San Francisco, CA