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Dmitri Freund

Raleigh, NC

Dmitri Freund was born in the U.S. in 1971 to an American father and a Russian mother.  While growing up, he spent several summers in Moscow visiting his grandmother and perfecting his cello playing.  In 2001, he moved to Russia and spent the next seven years studying art.

Freund started at one of Moscow’s art academies, but was unsatisfied, as the focus was on the tradition of Socialist Realism.  A year and a half into his stay, Freund met Igor Ivanovich Omel’chenko who became his mentor for the rest of his stay in Russia.
Omel’chenko allowed the artist in Freund to grow its wings and soar.  Like a shrewd gardener he simply pruned away undesirable growth.