Catherine Fal de Saint Phalle, aka Niki de Saint Phalle, was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1930. From 1933 to 1951, she lived in New York.
She was first an actress and received no artistic education. However Niki de Saint Phalle began painting in 1952 as an autodidact. In 1960, she is a member of the New Realists and becomes the companion of Jean Tinguely. It greatly favors the development of Niki de Saint Phalle.
The artist offers painting , reliefs, " rifle shots " interactive parodies of Action Painting ; wanting demystify the art, the viewer is invited by the artist to fire on balloons filled with paint flows and splashes violently canvas. The scandal is huge and made known her name. She already participated in group exhibitions when her first personal exhibition was organized in 1961. Niki de Saint Phalle assembles relics, crucifixes and angels, she covered with gold paint. In the mid- 60s, she began the series of "Nanas", caricatures gaudy and baroque of womanhood that models constantly. She performs her work in all formats to huge models. Her "Nanas" are always dressed in bright colors, often decorated with mosaics and fragments of mirrors. The artist covers all the topics who matter to her: the woman, motherhood, love, dreams, monsters. Niki de Saint Phalle works with the same method (statue polyurethane ) other series (Jazz Musicians, Sports, Totems) . Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle together create sculptures for public commissions. "Nanas" and "Meta -mechanical" always compete in the "Fontaine Stravinsky", created in 1982 at the foot of Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris . In 2000, Niki de Saint Phalle donated more than 170 of his works at the Modern Art Museum of Nice. Niki de Saint Phalle, She died in 2002 in San Diego (California, USA)
Mechant Mechant et les jouets perdus , Ed Difference , Paris , 1993
Niki de Saint Phalle, My secret, Ed Difference , Paris, 1994
Notebook Niki de Saint Phalle taking aim Size : 10 x 16 cm closed format128 ruled pages - A flap of 8.5 cm wide / 7 mm thicknessMuseum: Grand PalaisArt movement : Contemporary ArtArtist : Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002)
Notebook Could We Have Loved? My Love, My Love by Niki de Saint PhalleSize : 15 x 21 cm closed format56 ruled pages - Double flap 9 cm wide Cover: Natural Centaure paper 250 grInterior: Natural Centaure paper 90 grMuseum: Grand PalaisArt movement : Contemporary ArtArtist : Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002)