Born 1930, Paris, France - Died 04/30/2016, New York, NY
Marisol 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.
Marisol passed away in New York City in April 2016.