Marisol Biography

Paris, 22 May 1930 -

French sculptor and printmaker of Venezuelan descent. ATrained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris (1949), the Art Students League (1950) and the Hans Hofmann School (1951-4) in New York, she had an early nterest in Mexican, Pre- Columbian and American folk art and turned sculpture.

In her early works, she created small, playful figurines in bronze, terracotta and wood, often placing these objects in glass-fronted boxes.

In 1961, she began to incorporate drawing, painting, and objets trouves into complex, large, life-size figures. Her own body and images of her face frequently appear in her works, emphasizing the role of women in modern society.

Marisol has been successful at translating segments of her complex assemblages into graphic prints. A single image, taken from the whole, is treated as an important separate entity, even though the style is sometimes whimsical and is always highly personal.

Her artwork can be seen in the permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo and the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum, NY.