Cathédrale (tir à la carabine), 1961
58 x 45 x 10 cm
Mini Nana, c. 1970
41,2 x 30,4 x 19 cm (archives)
Nana orange, 1972
13,3 x 10,2 x 10,8 cm (archives)
Leaping nana, c. 1970
height : 38 cm (archives)
Mini chameau, 1970
24,1 x 36 x 10,1 cm
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.