Frederick Terna (1923)
Frederick Terna was born in Vienna, educated in Prague and after World War II, studied art in Paris at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and the Academie Julien. From 1947 to 1951 he worked for the American Joint Distribution Committee in Paris helping coordinate immigration to Israel. He has lived in New York City since 1952.
In most of his work, Terna uses a technique that combines acrylic pigment with aggregates such as sand, marble dust, crushed glass and shells. Terna's first experience with this type of medium was during the 3 1/2 years in Nazi concentration camps—Lipa, Terazin, Auschwitz and Kaufering. Sand and a stick were the only materials available and they couldbe disposed of quickly if confronted by a guard. After jumping from a moving train, he was discovered hiding near Kaufering on April 27, 1945 by American soldiers and liberated.