Zigmunds Priede came from his native Latvia to the small town of Judson, Minnesota after fleeing World War II with his Mother and Sister. Zigmunds later began a printmaking class at the University of Minnesota, and after entering the print studio, Zig says that “he never left.”
After finishing at the University, Zig and some friends drove to California in a blue 1954 Ford, completed a graduate degree from Berkley, then was hired on to work as a Master Printer at Universal Art Editions Limited, where he printed for many of the great artists of that era. If one were to make a list of the most important American printed works, it is likely that Zig Priede’s name would occur on that list several times.
Zig Priede was an excellent teacher who inspired may of his students towards successful art careers. His connections at Universal allowed Zig to challenge many of his students to become respected artists and Master Printers. In fact, many of Zig’s students went to New York to pursue art and printmaking careers.
Zig is famous for inspiring artists as printmaker and teacher, however, Zig’s drive today is his own art making process, where he returns to his studio daily.