Misha Malpica (1953-)
Self taught in sculpture, Misha has been creating unique figures for over thirty years. Recognized for her realistic sculptures of Native Americans worldwide, she continues to create breathtaking faces with haunting eyes and fascinating faces. Recently, Thunderbird Artists of Arizona presented Misha with the 2003 Mark Wroe Award of Excellence in Art. Misha has been the recipient of the 1993 Collector’s Award of Excellence in recognition for her Native American sculpture of Sacajawea. Misha’s sculptures have also been featured in books and national magazine covers. Articles about her work have been included in Southwest Art, Ruidoso Lifestyles, Gateway Magazine, and featured artist in Wild West, February 2000. The September 2003 issue of New Mexico Magazine featured Misha’s sculptures in their art section. The July 2008 issue of Ruidoso Magazine featured the latest body of work from her studio including the “Little People” contemporary figures in clay.
The Hubbard Museum of the American West awarded Misha “Best Artist “in 1998 and includes her 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. Misha was invited to decorate the White House Christmas tree with her unique sculptures in 1995 and her work is now included in the Permanent Collection of American Artists in Washington DC.
Recent awards include:
Featured Artist. January 2001 Thunderbird Artists Carefree Fine Art Festival
Best in Show. November 2001 Weems Artfest. Albuquerque, NM
Best in Category. July 2002 Ruidoso Art Festival, Ruidoso, NM
Best in Category. July 1999 Ruidoso Art Festival, Ruidoso, NM
February 2003. Recipient in of the “Mark Wroe” Award of Excellence, presented by Thunderbird Artists
March 2004. Apprenticeship with John M. Soderberg, sculptor. Sedona Arizona
May 2005. Featured Artist HGTV “Artists Coast to Coast” series episode 237
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 artist. Ruidoso, New Mexico
Information provided by the artist.