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BIOGRAPHY

Frederick Abrams is a proverbial Renaissance Man, who has worked as an installation artist, photographer, video filmmaker, musician/composer, graphics designer, architectural designer and stained glass artist, magazine editor & art director, restaurateur and educator. A native of Los Angeles, he studied sociology and contemporary culture at the University of California at Berkeley. He has lived in Portland, Oregon, New York, Paris, Barcelona and Wrocław, Poland.

His artwork has been recognized in historical events including the US Bicentennial exhibition at the Xerox Corporation in NY, 1989 Bicentennial of the French Revolution exhibition at the Paris Historical Library and several shows of his work were sponsored by a group of art activists, who played a vital role in the 1989 nonviolent revolution in Poland that swept across Eastern Europe and ultimately led to the fall of the USSR.

From 1976 – 1980, he was editor of Glass Art and GLASS magazines, which documented the evolution of glass as a new contemporary art form, for which he was recognized in TIME magazine.

His architectural glass work has been commissioned for residential, commercial and public spaces including Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the Embassy Suite Hotel in Indianapolis and the Badalona International Business Centre in Barcelona, Spain.

Abrams was the art director for the popular music monthly, Rock magazine, which won the Maggie award in 1985 for the most improved magazine of the year in the United States.

From 1996 to 1999 his short musical films won first prize for documentaries, music and sound illustration in festivals in France, Spain and Italy.

From 2005 – 2011 he restored a medieval tower in Wroclaw, Poland, where he owned and operated an art gallery, cultural center, wine bar and restaurant. In 2011, the Guardian newspaper regarded it as the first place to visit in all of Poland. During this time, Wrocław was selected to be the annual 2016 Cultural Capital of Europe.

Articles about his now more than three-decade-long project, The Underground Cathedral, which concerns a study of subway/metro systems worldwide, have been published in several languages, one of them a cover article by the International Union of Public Transportation in Brussels. In 2013 Abrams was invited to be a guest speaker at a historical conference in London celebrating the 150th anniversary of the London Underground and an article documenting the history of his work was published in a commemorative book by the London Transportation Museum entitled, Going Underground – New Perspectives.

Recently he designed and oversaw construction of a multimedia building in West Los Angeles, which includes his own private art gallery, he completed a remake of his one-hour film, The Routes of the Underground Cathedral, and he is develooping a live music and dance performance which includes his animated art projections and original compositions.