NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE
1930 – 2002
Niki de Saint Phalle is a French artist known for her colourful sculptural feminine silhouettes called Nanas whose varied shapes and sizes embody the feminist spirit of Saint Phalle. She is part of the Nouveau Réalisme movement with Christo, Yves Klein and Jean Tinguely. Born Catherine Marie-Agnès Fal de Saint Phalle on October 29, 1930 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, the self-taught artist began to make works as a therapy. Early in her career, de Saint Phalle drew inspiration from the architecture of Antoni Gaudí during a holiday in Spain and plans to create a room of the same level as the famous Park Güell. 22 of her monuments are installed in Il Giardino dei Tarocchi (The Garden of Tarots), located in Tuscany and which required a construction of more than two decades. Painter, sculptor and designer on large-scale works, de Saint Phalle died on 21 May 2002 in La Jolla, California at the age of 71.