Foot and Faces

Marisol Escobar

Marisol Escobar (05/22/1930- ) was born in Paris>  She studied at the Parisian Academie des Beaux-Arts in 1949, and the Hofmann School and and New School for Social Research between 1951 and 1954, in New York.  She is widely known by simply her Christian name, 'Marisol'.  She traveled a great deal, gathering inspiration for his work in the America's and in Europe.  She gained a great deal of her early notoriety by designing sets for the Martha Graham and Louis Falco dance companies.  Her later style is most easily recognized by large-scale sculptural constructions of cultural archetypes, celebrities, and recognizable emotions.  She is quite adept at chiaroscuro, and often makes use of exaggerated bone structure, to the effect of angulated features. Marisol was additionally distinguished by receiving an award from the Academy of Achievement in San Francisco, and by becoming a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  She began her lengthy exhibition career in 1957 at the Leo Castelli gallery in New York, which would continue strongly for three decades, during which time her work was featured in such venues as New York's Museum of Modern Art, and Art Students League, and London's Hayward Gallery.  Marisol's art comprises a portion of the permanent collections of such institutions as the Arts Club of Chicago, and Japan's Museum of Modern Art.

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