Niki de Saint Phalle
(1930 - 2002)
Niki de Saint Phalle was active/lived in California, New York / France. Niki de Saint Phalle is known for "nana" female figure sculptures, paintings, assemblages.
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Niki de Saint Phalle - Femme et artiste - Artracaille 08-12-2009
Biography Niki de Saint Phalle
Niki de Saint Phalle was born Catherine Marie-Agnes Fal de Saint Phalle
at Neuilly-sur-Seine, and was the second of five children of Jeanne
Jacqueline, nee Harper and Andre Marie de Saint Phalle, a banker. In
the early 1930s, her father lost all the family money in the stock
market crash of 1929, and Niki and her elder brother were separated
from their parents and sent to live with paternal grandparents in the
Nievre area of France for the next three years. In 1933, the
family reunited in Greenwich, Connecticut, and spent summers in France
with American maternal grandfather Donald Harper at his chateau .
1937 the family moved to New York City and lived there for 10
years. Niki started school at the Convent of the Sacred
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