Mischa Fritsch was born 1970, in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Austrian parents, pioneering expats from Vienna. At the age of seven his family relocates to Munich, Germany where Mischa attends Waldorf School. Amongst other things, this environment exposes him to the various arts and crafts and encourages his growing interest and emerging talent. The art of jewelry making most inspires the young mind and he attempts his first pieces in his father’s dental laboratory with tools and machines quite similar to the ones he will much later be introduced to in the course of his formal studies.
After his apprenticeship with Master Erich Baldauf in Munich, Mischa returns to South Africa. Several jewelry jobs see him move between Johannesburg and Cape Town, until he finally settles at the foot of Table Mountain freelancing for several high-end jewelers, working through days and nights of urgent deadlines. In 1998 he co-founds Just Jewels, his first company. Mischa designs and with his business partners coordinates an armada of free- lance jewelers to realize an ambitious Platinum and Tanzanite project geared exclusively for the demanding US market. The project succeeds, the partnership however does not endure the stress levels, and in 2000 Mischa ventures into another partnership and a new business, Sitali Jewelers is established at the Montebello Design Centre.
With every season the business grows and starts making a name with its unconventional designs and impressive craftsmanship. With the business up and running, Mischa finds time to devote himself to sculpture again and from late 2004 onwards he pursues his sculpting with an ever-increasing focus. In 2007, Mischa is introduced to David Krut with whom an ongoing dialogue is started, culminating in an invitation for a solo show of selected sculptures at David Krut Projects, Cape Town in Spring, 2010.