Frieda Vredaparis Biography

Frieda Vredaparis




Painter, sculptor, printmaker, and educator Vreda Paris, who went by Frieda Vredaparis (signing F. Vredaparis) professionally, was born Vreda Alpert to Jacob and Sarah (nee Meltzer) Alpert in New York City, March 20, 1928. She attended Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY where she earned her Bachelor's in 1949. She then traveled to Europe to study at the Academia de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain, and the Academy of Art, Berlin, Germany. After returning the U.S., she enrolled in courses at the Harold Persico School of Graphic Arts; she and Harold Paris would marry in 1953 and relocate to California. In 1968 she founded Creator Graphic Studio in nearby Walnut Creek, and became a member of the College Art Association. In 1976, she earned her Master's Degree in Painting at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco.

In addition to her personal art career she was a noted educator. Beginning in 1964 she was an associate professor at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts) in Oakland, CA, a position she held through 1978, and in 1969 she served as Assistant professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1967 she served as an administrator for accessibility services at Mosswood Park in Oakland, CA, and from 1978 to 1990 she taught privately in Orange Cove. Paris was hired as a lecturer at University Sonora, Hermacillo, Mexico in 1970, and at the University of California at Berkeley in 1971. 

Paris found success as a creative consultant and from 1965 to 1969 she served as Creative Director for Ad Fried Associates in Oakland; Art Director for Vernon Cash Associates, also in Oakland, from 1969 to 1972; and as a private consultant from 1977 to 1979. 

In 1953 she married artist Harold Persico Paris (divorced 1969) with whom she studied printmaking. In 1962 an exhibition of her prints was held at the M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, and that same year she participated in the 2nd Annual National Exhibition at the Knoxville Art Center, University of Tennessee. In 2021, her work was included an exhibition of permanent works in the Ker Gallery in Victoria, B.C., Canada, featuring internationally recognized artists of the 20th century.

Despite a prolific and influential career as both an artist and educator, Paris did not receive the attention that would normally merit such an artist. In 1966 a write-up by Los Angeles art critc Kurt von Meier mentioned an exhibition of her works at the Hansen Gallery in San Francisco, stating: 

"Vredaparis is an artist who sums up many tantalizing qualities: her work is much too well established (at least in the San Francisco area) for her to be referred to as 'promising', and yet it has so far received far too little recognition commensurate with its exquisite merit. An exhibition which opened at the Hansen Gallery in San Francisco in October with high enthusiasm could well mark the occasion for her emerging to the respect and attention the work rightfully commands."

Her work is included in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; UC Berkeley Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley; the Cockerline Collection of South Dakota State University; and the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York.