Roman Frak was born in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine in 1960. From 1975 - 1979 he studied at the Arts Industrial College with the a major in Artistic Design in Industry. After graduation he worked with the Ukrainian Artistic Foundation, the Kiev Artists Association and the Monumental Decorative Art Company as an Executor-Artist. In their employ, he produced a number of decorative exterior house compositions in copper, brass and aluminum. He also created carved wooden interior and exterior decoration for hotels, halls and clubs. From 1987 - 1990, during the period of Soviet dissolution, he was an Interior Artist-Decorator, working on ceilings, floors, walls and fireplaces.
Throughout his entire professional career in Ukraine he worked actively and independently as a jeweler, which was and remains his real passion. Mr. Frak immigrated to the United States in 1993 and worked in New York as a jeweler for several firms. As such, he prefers working with precious metals. Roman Frak is currently working on a series of bracelets, buckles and goblets with animal (domestic and wild) themes. The challenge, he says, is to reach a specific effect, especially with silver, replicating the texture of skin (as in snake or iguana) fur (bear), shell and wood.
Come see the work of Roman Frak and many other fine artist/craftsmen at R. W. Wise. Our gallery/workshop has been located in Lenox for 30 years. We pride ourselves on being the Berkshires premier jewelers, gemologists and designer goldsmiths. We are open daily in summer and Tuesday Through Saturday the rest of the year round.