Niki de
Saint Phalle

Niki de Saint Phalle

Niki de Saint Phalle, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine the 29th of October 1930 and dead in  San Diego the 21st of May 2002, is a french painter, plastic artist, sculptor and movie-maker. She is the artist Jean Tinguely's wife.

Niki de Saint Phalle was first a model and an actor. She never studied art, but she began to paint in 1952. Then, with the "Tirs", performance during which spectators were invited to shoot with a rifle on colours pockets, splashing over plaster assemblies, she became famous.

Niki de Saint Phalle incorporated the Nouveaux-Réalistes in 1961 with Gérard Deschamps, César, Rotella, Christo and Yves Klein. She created ex-voto and the "Nanas", planturous and colored women in paper maché and polyester.

She died at the age of 72 of a breathing illness, because of the poisonous vapours she inhaled during the preparation of her works.