Mark di Suvero signing 'Afterstudy for Marianne Moore', in a signing session at the artist's studio, New York, 26 April 1976
Gift of Kenneth Tyler 2002
Photographer: Kenneth Tyler

Born to Italian parents in Shanghai in 1933, Mark di Suvero was eight years old when political unrest in China forced his family to relocate to the United States. He received a degree in philosophy from the University of California in 1956, but decided to concentrate on art. By 1966 he had made a name for himself on the American sculpture scene. Di Suvero worked with Kenneth Tyler at Tyler Graphics in 1976, and in the same year represented the United States at the Sydney Biennale.

At Tyler Graphics di Suvero focused his attention on bold, Expressionist-style prints that reflect the structure of his abstract sculptures. The National Gallery of Australia owns one such sculpture: Ik ook, of 1972, which can be seen in the Sculpture Garden.
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Born in Shanghai, China

Emigrates to United States, settling in San Francisco, California

Studies at San Francisco City College, California

Receives Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from University of California, Berkeley

Moves to New York, New York

First solo exhibition, at Green Gallery, New York

Establishes Park Place Gallery, New York

Included in exhibition, Annual exhibition, at Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

Included in exhibition, Recent American sculpture, atJewish Museum, New York

Included in exhibition, Contemporary American Sculpture, at Mus�e Rodin, Paris, France

Included in exhibitions: Contemporary American sculpture section I; Art of the United States 1670–1966; Annual exhibition, all at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Included in exhibitions: Sculpture international, at Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York; American sculpture of the sixties, at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California

Included in exhibitions: Documenta 4, Kassel, West Germany; Annual exhibition, at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Teaches at University of California, Berkeley

Included inexhibition, Annual exhibition, at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Moves to Europe as a protest against the Vietnam War; lives between the Netherlands, France and Italy

Included in exhibition, 11th Biennale, at Middelheim Sculpture Garden, Antwerp, Belgium

Solo exhibition at Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; completes multiple, Untitled, at Gemini GEL, Los Angeles

Included in exhibition, American drawings 1963–1973, at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Included in Venice biennale, Italy; retrospective exhibition, Mark di Suvero, at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; solo exhibition at Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

Completes editions of Jak, Afterstudy for Marianne Moore, For Rilke, Centering, Centering state I and Tetra at Tyler Graphics, Bedford Village, New York; included in Biennale of Sydney, Australia; included in exhibition, California painting and sculpture: the modern era, at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Founder of the Athena Foundation, New York

Included in exhibition, Art off the picture press, at Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Hampstead, New York

Included in exhibitions: Homage to Picasso, at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; American sculpture: gifts of Howard & Jean Lipman, at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Urban encounters: art, architecture, audience, at Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Solo exhibition at Oil & Steel Gallery, New York and Long Island City, New York; included in exhibition, The first show: painting and sculpture from eight collections 1940–1981, at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Included in exhibitions: Prints from Tyler Graphics, at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Drawings by sculptors: two decades of non-objective art from the Seagram Collection, at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec; Forms that function, at the Katonah Gallery, Katonah, New York

Solo exhibition, Mark di Suvero: Twenty-five years of sculpture and drawings, at Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York; included in exhibitions: International exhibition VII, at Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York; 50 years of American drawings 1930–1980, at Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris; establishes Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island, New York

Included in exhibition, An American renaissance: painting and sculpture since 1940, at Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Solo exhibition at Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Included in exhibition, Aspects of collage, assemblage and the found object in the 20th century, at Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York; included in Venice biennale, Italy; solo exhibition, Mark di Suvero, W�rttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, West Germany

Retrospective exhibition, Mark di Suvero: sculptures 1960–1991, at Mus�e d. Art Moderne et d. Art Contemporain, Nice, France

Included in exhibition, The second dimension: twentieth century sculptors. drawings from the Brooklyn Museum, at Brooklyn Museum, New York

Solo exhibition, Mark di Suvero, IVAM Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain

Included in exhibition, Twentieth century American sculpture II, at the White House, Washington, DC; included in Venice biennale, Italy

Included in exhibition, 100 years of sculpture: from the pedestal to the pixel, at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Included in exhibition, Renzo Piano, at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Receives Heinz Award in Arts and Humanities

Included in exhibition, Whitney Biennial, at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; sculpture, Joie de vivre, installed permanently in Zuccotti Park, New York

Mark di Suvero currently lives and works in Long Island City, New York, and Petaluma, California.

Barbara Delano � Tyler Graphics Ltd; revised Kate Buckingham, 2006
This chronology provides an overview of selected biographical information, major solo and group exhibitions held within the artist's own lifetime.

Further information will be added to this site as the National Gallery proceeds with its research and documentation.

Last updated January 2017