Born September 3, 1899, Kiev
Died April 17, 1988, New York City
She studied at the Arts Student League in New York beginning in 1928. While traveling in Europe in 1931 she also attended Hans Hoffman's school in Munich. Returning to New York in 1932 she assisted Diego Rivera with his murals for the WPA Federal Art Project, then later turned to sculpture. Following her first solo show in 1941, Nevelson's work has been exhibited in hundreds of exhibitions internationally in gallery and museum shows.
Considered one of the most important figures in 20th century American sculpture, Nevelson is known for her monochromatic wooden wall pieces and monumental sculptures. Her work is typically made of wood or cast resin. The puzzle-like, geometric sculpture are created with multiple intricately cut pieces. Nevelson also incorporated this style of layering and using pieces to create a whole in printmaking. Her lithographs and aquatints often have elements of collage and unique markings making each piece one of a kind.
Nevelson's work can be found in many public and private collections around the world including the The Art Institute of Chicago; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Carnegie Institute of the Arts, Pittsburgh; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Fukutake Collection, Okayama, Japan; Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino, Turin, Italy.