Marco Polo "Markdi Suvero (born September 18, 1933)[1] is an American abstract expressionist sculptor.

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He was born Marco Polo Levi-Schiff di Suvero in ShanghaiChina in 1933 to Italian expatriates. He immigrated to San Francisco, California in 1941 with his family. From 1953 to 1957, he attended the University of California, Santa Barbara to study Philosophy. He later moved to New York City where surrounded by an explosion of Abstract Expressionism he focused all his attention on sculpture. While working in construction, he was critically injured in an elevator accident, was paraplegic in a wheelchair for years and was told he would never walk again.

While in rehabilitation, he learned to walk again and then to work with an arc welder. His early works were large outdoor pieces that incorporated wooden timbers from demolition buildings, tires, scrap metal and structural steel. This exploration has transformed over time into a focus on H-beams and heavy steel plates. Many of the pieces contain sections that are allowed to swing and rotate giving the overall forms a considerable degree of motion. He prides himself on his hands-on approach to the fabrication and installation of his work. Di Suvero pioneered the use of a crane as a sculptor's working tool.

Di Suvero was a founding member of the Park Place Gallery [2] and later, ConStruct, both artist-owned galleries, the former was the first SoHo Contemporary art communal gallery. The latter promoted and organized large-scale sculpture exhibitions throughout the United States. Other founding members include John Raymond HenryKenneth SnelsonLyman Kipp and Charles Ginnever.

His distinctive, large bold pieces can be found all over the world. He continues to be the subject of multiple exhibitions and his commitment to emerging artists is undeniable through the Athena Foundation and the Socrates Sculpture Park. Di Suvero has received the Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center and, in 2005, the 11th Annual Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities for his commitment to aspiring artists.

Di Suvero currently lives in New York City with his second wife and daughter. He has two working studios, an open air fabrication facility in Petaluma California since 1975 and a former brickyard on the edge of the East River in Long Island City, Queens, New York since 1980 . Di Suvero also created a studio on a river barge in Chalon-sur-Saône France from 1972 to 1989, which he later transformed into a foundation.

He most recently published a book, titled Dreambook, a compilation of pictures of sculptures, poems, and ideas. The vibrant colors in it are reflected in the bright colors he always wears.

Education/Distinctions[edit][edit | edit source]

  • 1933 Born Shanghai, China
  • 1941 Immigrated to USA
  • 1953-54 San Francisco City College
  • 1954-55 University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 1957 University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Philosophy
  • 1972 Chalon Sur Saone's barge studio
  • 1975 Develops Petaluma's studio
  • 1977 Starts Athena Foundation
  • 1985 Establishes Socrates Sculpture Park
  • 2000 International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2005 Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities
  • 2006 Elected into the National Academy of Design
  • 2010 National Medal of Arts from President Obama[3]

Sculptures in public collections and public spaces[edit][edit | edit source]

United States[edit][edit | edit source]


[1][2]Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field in San Francisco on a foggy day



District of Columbia





[3][4]Snowplow*Snowplow, 1968, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis










New Hampshire

New York

  • Hankchampion, 1960, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • Ladderpiece, 1962, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • New York Dawn (for Lorca), 1965, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • One O'Klock, 1968–69, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor
  • Mother Peace, 1970, Storm King Art CenterMountainville
  • For Roebling, 1971, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • For Gonzalez, 1973, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Mon Père, Mon Père, 1975, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
  • Jive, 1977, Pratt Institute Sculpture Park, Brooklyn
  • Mahatma, 1978–79, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
  • Exclamation, 1980–81, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Mozart's Birthday, 1989, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
  • For Chris, 1991, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
  • Caramba, 1994, Riggio, Leonard, Bridgehampton
  • For Euler, 1997, Salem Art WorksSalem
  • Cubo Arcane, 1997, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Joie de Vivre, 1998, Zuccotti Park, Manhattan
  • Pyramidian, 1998, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
  • Chonk On, 2002, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
  • Frogs Legs, 2002, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
  • Jambalaya, 2002–06, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
  • Beethoven's Quartet, 2003, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
  • Double Tetrahedron, 2004, Salem Art Works, Salem

North Carolina



Rhode Island



[5][6]"Proverb" by Mark di Suvero, in Dallas.*Ave, 1973, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas


  • Hand, 1962, Restricted Owner, Seattle
  • Bunyon's Chess, 1965, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle
  • Charles, Merrill, Robin, Bing, 1967, Restricted Owner, Seattle
  • For Handel, 1975, Western Washington UniversityBellingham
  • Scissors, 1976, Restricted Owner, Bellevue
  • Mindseye, 1978, Western Washington University, Bellingham
  • The Answer, Jon and Mary Shirley, Medina
  • Schubert Sonata, 1992, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle


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[7][8]Nelly*Nelly, 1986, Yorkshire Sculpture Park - YSP, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

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