The quest for freedom is a major theme in the works of internationally acclaimed artist, Misha Frid. His sculptures have been declared a National Treasure in the former Soviet Union yet, under Soviet law, the works that Misha created there are not allowed to leave the country. Therefore, this Russian sculptor chose what he considered to be even more important than his highly successful sculptures...his and his family's freedom.
Although a hero in his native land, the Soviet life stifled his creativity. As a graduate of the Surikov Art Institute and a member of the Soviet Sculptor's Union, Misha used to accept commissions arranged for him by a central office in the Soviet capital. The government was his sole employer and provided him with a studio, sponsored his exhibitions, and assigned him work. Therefore, Misha was told where to travel and produced artwork when he was ordered to.
As a result, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art and the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad, Soviet Union, currently owns many of Misha's works. His work was featured in the Russian Pavillion at Expo 1967 in Montreal as well as in Japan, Poland and Germany.
A blend of vision and realism, Misha's work represents a rare talent that bridges the centuries between the classical forms of Rodin and the sensual grace of Erte. He completed the physical sculpting on some of the most popular Erte bronze sculptures and was also involved in creating the Erte jewelry line. Misha has worked in clay, wood, and marble but he currently sculpts primarily in bronze and acrylic.
His personal and artistic life has changed dramatically since his immigration to the United States in 1973. After 11 years in Los Angeles, Misha and his family finally settled in Toronto, Canada and he continues to exhibit his works freely throughout galleries worldwide.