Born 1930, Paris, France - Died 04/30/2016, New York, NY
“I’ve always wanted to be free in my life and art. It’s as important to me as truth.” Marisol
Marisol (Escobar) was born in Paris to Venezuelan parents, and spent her early years in Europe, the United States and Caracas. She studied at L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, the Art Students League, and the New School for Social Research, and was a student of Hans Hofmann, as were some of the leading Abstract Expressionists.
Marisol's fame as a sculptor was first associated with the Pop Art movement in the 1960s. Throughout her career, Marisol kept her focus on three-dimensional portraiture, and wood remained her preferred medium. Her subject matter was inspired by images found in photographs or gleaned from personal memories. Usually details are concentrated on the face and hands--the primary instruments used to convey expression--while bodies are still, posed and block-like in form.
A keen observer of American culture since she arrived in the United States as a teenager, she retained the outside observer's ablity to perceive those around her with uncomfortable clarity. Artist George Segal said of her work, "Marisol's work has always had wit, but she's dead serious." She produced funny and poingant sculptures of art world celebrities, historical figures, friends, and even herself, such as in her work The Wedding, where she appears as both bride and groom.
In addition to her portraits of celebrites and world leaders, Marisol's work also reflected her emphathy for the struggles of the under-privileged, particularly toward those in Latin America, and her feelings toward social injustice.
An enthusiastic scuba diver, Marisol traveled the world from 1968-1972, diving in every ocean in the world.