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Marisol Escobar
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    (May 22, 1930- )
    Born in Paris, France
    Born Maria Sol Escobar
    Well-known for her portrait sculptures depicting famous figures
    Sculptures include 'Dust Bowl Migrants', 'Father Damien', 'The Generals' (1961-62), 'The Family' (1962), 'John Wayne' (1963), 'Mi Mama y Yo' (1968), 'The Last Supper' (1984), and 'Blackfoot Delegation to Washington 1916' (1993)
    Starred in the Andy Warhol films 'Kiss' (1963) and '13 Most Beautiful Women' (1964)
    Drawings include 'The Kiss' (1965), 'Papagallo' (1965), 'French Curve' (1970), 'Five Hamds and One Finger' (1971), 'I Hate You Creep and Your Fetus' (1973), 'Cultural Head' (1973), and 'Lick the Tire of My Bicycle' (1974)
    Elected into American Academy of Arts and Letters (1978)
    Awarded Premio Gabriela Mistral (1997)
    As a teen, she inflicted acts of penance on herself, such as walking on her knees until they bled, not talking to others unless necessary, and tying ropes tightly around her waist in order to imitate saints.
    It wasn't until she was in her late twenties when she finally decided to talk casually.
    Most of her early paintings are hard to assess because they remain with her friends who rarely sell them.
    After art dealer Leo Castelli included her a group show, she fled to Italy, angering Castelli. (1957)
    After the 1960s, she became an obscure figure until the 21st Century.
    She admits to getting stoned on marijuana before.
    She says reading bores her.
    She has dabbled in erotic elements in her artwork.
    When she was 11, her mother committed suicide.
    She continued to enroll in art classes even after she began exhibiting her work.
    She maintains an all-around non-pretentious demeanor even during the height of her fame.
    She has been noted for her industriousness, working as late as 2 a.m.
    Many of the sculptures she made during the 80s depict ordinary people in their struggles.
    She maintains her unique style despite her general association with the New Realism movement, leading to the phrase 'Not Pop, Not Op, It's Marisol!' from Grace Glueck.
    Andy Warhol called her 'the first girl artist with glamor'.

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