Marisol studied for a year at the École des Beaux Arts and the Académie Julian in Paris. And then came to New York in 1950. Inspired by an exhibition of pre-Columbian art, she decided to take up sculpting.
She began making small, carved figures that got her noticed by the art dealer Leo Castelli, who included her in a 1957 group show and then gave her her first solo exhibition the same year.
This cat is one of those early carved figures that ended up on the poster for her show at the Castillo Gallery.
Marisol's early sculptures also include these printer's boxes filled with handmade figures from 1956.
During the 1950's she primarily worked in wood but her portrait of George Washington is from alabaster and Queen combines a self portrait wood bust with a terra cotta crown.
Family was a major theme for Marisol and between 1954 and 1997 she produced over 35 sculptures related to the family.
Marisol gained the attention of both the art world and the mainstream media. On July 14, 1958 Life magazine published an essay "Wood Carvers Comeback" featuring three artists William King, Elbert Weinberg, and Marisol. Her section was titled "Latin Beauty's Host of Stern People, Staring Pets" Working both for and against her, Marisol's striking appearance would become an ongoing theme.
This month I'm thinking I'll do things a little differently. I painted Marisol's cat on a large wood panel and I think I'll add bits to it each week and then just so what happens.