Masha, aka Maria Muchin-Archer, was born in Kiev, Ukraine to Sophia and Mykola Muchin, both artists and teachers
of painting and sculpture at the Kiev
and Kharkov Art institutes. After spending post-war
years in Europe, they emigrated to the United States in 1949. Masha has resided in San
Francisco since 1967 with her husband, photographer Charles Archer (who died in 1993),
along with her two daughters, Maya and Larissa.
Education and Early Work
She studied at Pratt Institute in New York City, majoring in painting and graphic
design. Later she worked as a restorer and exhibitor at the Museo Nacional de Mexico, Mexico City, and
designed jewelry and clothing in Tucson and San Francisco.
Honors and Special Recognition
1997: Sponsored by Aeroflot and
Russian Consulate for a series of one-artist shows in Moscow, St Petersberg, and Kiev.
1997: Masha's jewelry show was chosen to open the "Days of Russia Festival" in
San Francisco (organized jointly by the Russian Consulate and the Serge Sorokko Gallery on the West Coast).
1996: Provided 50 original necklaces to
the Great Lakes Theater Festival (Cleveland,
Ohio) for a modern-dress production of Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra.'
1997: Provided 10 original necklaces to the Opera Manhattan company (NY, NY) for a
concert production of Massenet's 'Cleopatra' at Sarah Lawrence College and Alice Tully
Mrs. Larry King
HRH Princess Turki Bin Nasser
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Mrs. Norman Lear
Shawn Southwick-King and Larry King
Sex and the City: The Movie
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Mary Wilson (The Supremes)
Colleen Zenk Pinter
Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer
Baroness Ludmilla Von Trapp
Countess Natalia Kosinsky