Niki de Saint-Phalle ranks to well-known French artists and is mainly linked with the Nouveau Réalisme movement of Pierre Restany. She was born near Paris, but her parents soon moved to the United States where she worked as a model from her early age and moreover created front pages of the Vogue magazine. Later she became involved in the field of painting and, under the influence of Gaudí’s architecture, also in making objects. In the 1950s, Saint-Phalle returned to Europe, organizing her first solo exhibition in Switzerland in 1956. During the 1960s, she became famous for her “shooting” paintings and subsequently focused on the subject of women in her objects made of papier-mâché. In the 1970s, she married Jean Tinguely. Her prints are very unique on the Czech art market.
Niki Saint Phalle
* 1930, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France