Carol Fryd hails from the Hans Hofmann tradition, having studied extensively with his New York School star pupils Jame Billmyer and Nieves M. Billmyer. A native Floridian, the vivid hues of the Miami sun inform her palette. Twentieth Century artistic influences include Stuart Davis, Picasso and Matisse, but her voice is distinctly her own. Hugely prolific, her current style shift is from geometric abstractions to the figurative imagery of her own personal feminine mythology. A pioneer in the Miami Beach art scene, Fryd was one of the founders of the first women’s co-op art center in Miami Beach in the mid sixties, the Continuum Gallery. Created to foster an intellectual and artistic dialogue between like-minded women artists, it brought such New York luminaries as sculptor John Chamberlain, art dealer Betty Parsons, Matisse scholar Jack Flam and Holocaust photographer Roman Vishniac to lecture and chair shows. Today, Fryd works extensively with collage on canvas, watercolors, and mixed media on paper. She continues to push the envelope by exploring the use of digitally realized art via her computer-generated drawings, that lately find their way into her large works on canvas. Fryd is represented in the permanent collection of Miami Beach’s Bass Museum. Her work is also in the permanent collections of the Museo de la Galeria de las Casas Reales and the Museo de Arte Moderno in the Dominican Republic. She recently had a solo exhibit, "Miami Salsa" in the Museo de las Casas Reales and will have one person shows in 2013 in the Museo del Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo and in the Jewish Museum of South Florida in Miami Beach.
“Painting transforms the unity and balance of nature into another sphere of existence. The artist creates a new reality, whole and complete in itself. Just as in nature the positive and negative forces must exist in balance, so a work of art must be a balance of its yang and yin polarities. Powerful, yet peaceful in its resolution of forces, the painting or drawing is beautiful in the logic and simplicity of its execution. The completed painting now has an energy greater than the sum of its parts and a life of its own. The act of painting changes the artist and the viewer. It enhances and enlarges how we experience Life. Creating two and three dimensional images is an unique human behavior that stretches back in time to the early people who painted the walls of caves and first carved female goddesses. It is awesome be part of that continuum.”