Misha Frid

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Misha Frid
Born (1938-11-22) November 22, 1938 (age 82)
Moscow, USSR
Occupation Artist, Sculptor, Film maker
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Galina Fridman (m. Mar, 1967)
Children 3 sons and 4 grandchildren

Misha Frid (Russian: Миша Фрид) (born 1938) is an American sculptor, graphic designer, artist, film maker. Misha emigrated to the US in 1972 when he was 34 with his wife and young sons. Misha is known for his romantic emotional sculptures, graphics and drawings. He has exhibited in many cities around the world such as Moscow, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Paris, London, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo.
In 1989, New York Magazine wrote about him an article, "How a Russian sculptor came to be famous in America"[1] and described him, "Not only has Misha had shows worldwide (Japan, Poland, Germany), but his work has been featured in major museums around the world (including the Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg)"


  • In 1954 graduated with Honors from the School for Gifted Children, Moscow, USSR
  • In 1957 graduated with Honors from Moscow State Art College
  • In 1962 graduated with Honors from Moscow State University of Fine Arts Sculpting Faculty

The Story of Frid and Freedom

Template:Quote box Misha was born in 1938 in Jewish family in Moscow, Russia (USSR). His father was from Lithuania and mother was from Belarus.[2] From three years old, he started to like making drawings and sculpting from clay. When he was six years old, Misha began his artistic studies at the prestigious Soviet art school for gifted young children in the class of violin. His father was dreaming that his child would be a musician. After six years he persuaded his father to enroll him to the Art Class. Then Misha finished school and graduated with honors from Moscow State Art College and The University of Fine Arts in Moscow. After university Misha went to the Motion Picture Institute, faculty of Directing.
Misha was inspired by Russian national culture, classical literature and music. Outstanding Russian music composers and ballet bring in his life romanticism notes. During his life Misha sees ballet as a sculpture in motion. He was wildly acclaimed and his art works were placed in prestigious museums in USSR, but he felt "muzzled" and censored by Soviet restrictions against free artists. Especially, it was hard to live in the USSR for Jewish people. In 1972, Misha immigrated with his wife Galina and their young sons from USSR to North America. He was in the list of 150 refuseniks that United States adopted in exchange for crops for USSR. The art which he created in Soviet Union was declared a National treasure, and by law could not be removed from the country.
His inexhaustable talent and golden hands enabled him to start his career again and face the challenges of being an immigrant in a new country. Freedom gave him a new feeling of life and beauty. New world of liberty and the background of Russian Art school and culture have mixed in his arts. As a result, Misha found his new classical romantic style. After a few years, Misha had the lucky opportunity to develop a relationship and work with the legend of fine arts and master Art Deco, Erté. This acquaintance gave him a lot of wisdom. Misha became a famous person in art society of the US and Canada. In the beginning of 1980s Frid had his exhibitions in Los Angeles and Palm Springs Museums of Art. In 1984 Misha Frid with his family moved to Toronto, Canada. In 1989 Misha's art works and expositions began to be exposed annually at International Art Expo in Toronto , New York , Miami, Tokyo. In 1991 Misha Frid created the sculpture "Lady of the Lily" for Toronto, Canada [3] and it was commissioned by the city as a public works display.
Template:Quote box In 1996 Misha Frid was chosen for being an official sculptor for the 100th Anniversary of the Olympics in Atlanta. American Sport Art Museum and Archives has three of his sculptures on permanent display.
Template:Quote box Misha Frid was represented by Wentworth Gallery. The company had 36 galleries in the US and during 21 years they sold more than 5,000 sculptures by Misha Frid.
In 2006 Misha Frid with his family came back to the US from Canada. Misha currently lives in San Francisco, California. His works are in private corporate collections, represented in many galleries and museums around the world.
Misha Frid is a philanthropist and donate his sculptures and drawings to different foundations: Okizu , San Francisco Symphony, Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, Saint-Petersburg Conservatory, Vladimir Spivakov International charity foundation, American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation. As the sculptor of dreams, he shares his vision with other dreamers.

Honors and awards

Misha Frid and his works have different honors and awards such as:

  • Gold medal for gifted children USSR
  • Honorable Fellow of Sculptor Society of Moscow
  • Honorable Fellow of Sculptor Society of Canada
  • Mayer's Award for city of North York, public sculpture "Lady of the Lily", Canada
  • Award and official sculptor for the 100th anniversary of the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • California State Assembly, California Legislature
  • Exquisite Harmony East - West Award
  • Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation Award, Moscow, 2014


  1. Russian émigré sculptor committed to premise ‘life is so beautiful’, Feb, 2014 J-Weekly.com
  2. Lady of the Lily, Misha Frid, Toronto, Canada, 1991
  3. Gallery at 1000 Van Ness: Misha Frid - Exquisite Harmony, ArtBusiness.com
  4. Misha Frid, Orange Coast Magazine, p.56, Dec., 1989
  5. “How a Russian sculptor came to be famous in America?”, New York Magazine, p. 54, Dec., 1989
  6. “How a Russian sculptor came to be famous in America?”, New York Magazine, p. 57, Jul., 1989
  7. “Swan Lake in Bronze”, Movie by Wayne Schotten, Misha Frid
  8. “Introducing MISHA”, New York Magazine, p. 92, Apr., 1989
  9. Misha Frid’s Biography, WentWorthGallryportal.com
  10. Nagel Sculpture. Misha Frid, Todd Bingham Fine Art
  11. Jazz by Misha Frid, Billboard, Apr., 2005
  12. Sculptures by the Sea lucky country, Misha Frid, Sculptor, Artist, wn.com
  13. Interview, Misha Frid, NTV, Russian TV channel, Sep., 2012
  14. Misha Frid, ArtBrokerage
  15. Misha Frid, Soori Gallery
  16. Misha Frid, Artnet.com

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