Misha’s Bio and Resume

Self taught in sculpture, I have been creating unique figures for over thirty years. Recognized for my incredibly realistic sculptures of Native Americans worldwide, I continue to create breathtaking faces with haunting eyes and fascinating faces. Returning to New Mexico in 1997, my work has changed, inspired by our diverse cultures. Embracing both my Hispanic and Anglo roots, I continue to create sculptures that are undeniably from our beautiful state. Thunderbird Artists of Arizona presented me with the 2003 Mark Wroe Award of Excellence in Art for my design and creative artwork. I was the recipient of the 1993 Collector’s Communication Award of Excellence in recognition for my Native American sculpture of Sacajawea. My sculptures have been featured in books and on national magazine covers. Articles about my sculptures have been included in Southwest Art, Ruidoso Lifestyles, Gateway Magazine, and I was the featured artist in Wild West Magazine, February 2000. The September 2003 issue of New Mexico Magazine featured “Storyteller” sculpture in their art section. The July 2008 issue of Ruidoso magazine featured the latest body of work that I created, including contemporary figures in clay. A segment of HGTV Artists Coast to Coast was devoted to my work and filmed me as I sculpted and completed a figure in clay.

The Hubbard Museum of the American West awarded “Best Artist “in 1998 and has included my work in many of their exhibits and shows. Work has also been displayed at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire and The Wenham Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1995 I was invited to create special ornaments to decorate the White House Christmas tree. My unique sculptures are now included in the Permanent Collection of American Artists in Washington DC.

Awards include:
1986 Wenham Ma. Museum of Art “Best in Show” 1989 Currier Museum of Art, Manchester NH. Best in show for “Eloise”.
1991-1996 New York Gift Show and Handmade in the USA
1991-1997 ACC, Rosen shows Baltimore and Philadelphia and Oasis shows, Phoenix Arizona
1989-1997 Juried Member League of New Hampshire Craftsmen
1995 White House Christmas Tree
1997 Gallery show at UniqueAccents, Chicago, Ill.
1998 Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso, NM “Best in Show” “Best Artist” Award
1996 White Dove Gallery Ruidoso, NM Solo Artist show
2000 Spring Canyon Gallery Studio opened artist studio. Showing local artists.
2001 Thunderbird Artists Carefree Fine Art Festival Featured Artist
2001 Best in Show… Weems Artfest Albuquerque, NM
1999 Best in Show Ruidoso Art Festival, Ruidoso, NM
2002 “Best in Category” … Ruidoso Art Festival, Ruidoso
2003 “Best in Mixed Media” Ruidoso Art Festival
2003…Recipient in of the “Mark Wroe” Award of Excellence, presented by Thunderbird Artists
2005..”Best in Show” Arizona Fine Art Expo
2006 Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton Florida
2006..”Best in Show” Brick City Art show Ocala, Florida

1991 Residency with Demitri Gerakaris, sculptor, Augustus St. Gaudens Studio
sculpture and anatomy
Commissioned to create 14 life size figures for the Timberland Museum in Woodstock, Vermont.
1986-1991- League of New Hampshire Craftsmen
participated in window displays with my sculptures as feature.
1992 Powerhouse mall.Hanover, NH
Commissioned to create life size figures and other items for display throught the mall as part of a permanent exhibit.
May 1993-1995… The Becker Group Baltimore, MD. Designed life size figures for display company for installation in windows and malls.
1996.. Universal Studios, Orlando Fl. Created 10 life size figures for installation in Alfred Hitchcock exhibit.
March 2004…Apprenticeship with John M. Soderberg, sculptor. Sedona Arizona
May 2005… Featured Artist HGTV Television series “Artists Coast to Coast” segment on sculpting HGTV episode 127
January 2006 Arizona Fine Art Expo, Scottsdale Arizona
July 2006….Featured and cover of Stepping Out New Mexico magazine
July 2006…” Best of America “ Mixed Media Artist book Kennedy Publications
July 2008….Ruidoso Magazine, featured article and cover artist Ruidoso, New Mexico
Summer workshops in my Ruidoso studio. “Sculpting Faces” class ltd.6 students
2011 Featured Artist for Humane Society Furr Ball

The Adobe Fine Art Ruidoso, New Mexico
Los Artensanos, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Ron Stewart Gallery Scottsdale, Arizona
Gallery of Dreams St. David, Arizona
Spring Canyon Gallery Ruidoso, New Mexico
Oba’s Fine Art Hanover, New Hampshire
Northern New Mexico Artist Gallery
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nickleweed Gallery
Cave Creek, Arizona

Misha Malpica sculpting

Southwest Design
New Orleans, LA
Stricoff Fine Art


3 thoughts on “Misha’s Bio and Resume

  1. Hello old friend! I never did hear anymore from you about the scuplture we had been talking about you doing for me? So, I figured you had gotten too busy….hope you are doing well and that the spirits are keeping you safe and happy! xo…deb

  2. Hello friend it been a long time missed you at carefree arizona I love looking at all our scupltures they are so unique hope you will be comming to arizona again if so what show so we can come see you stay well your friends Bill& Pat

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