Gerald Fried was born in NYC in July of 1951, and was brought up in Lakewood, NJ. He appeared keen on craftsmanship at an early age of twelve, chose chose that art as his vocation. He started working in pencils, pen and ink, and watercolor while still in secondary school. Afterward, Fried went to the Philadelphia College of Art on grant, yet left rashly to take an occupation doing lithographs at a New Jersey atelier, where he rapidly ascended in the positions to the leader of his area of expertise. Amid his residency, Fried worked with specialists such as, Peter Max, William Nelson, Sarah Churchill, John Pitre, Glen Fortune Banse, and Anton Krajnc. In addition, Fried worked the nation over as a sign painter, a musician, and a proficient juggler.