Niki de Saint Phalle
(1930 – 2002) French sculptor, painter, and film maker
Saint Phalle's first art exhibition was held in 1956 in Switzerland, where she displayed her naïve style of oil painting but She soon took up collage work that often featured images of the instruments of violence, such as guns and knives. She made her famous "Shooting Paintings" in the early 1960s, placing polythene bags of paints on human forms covered in white plaster. The piece's were shot at to open the bags of paint to create the image. After the "Shooting paintings" came a period when she explored the various roles of women. She made life size dolls of women, such as brides and mothers giving birth. They were primarily made of plaster over a wire framework and plastic toys, then painted all white. Influenced by Gaudí´s Parc Güell in Barcelona, and Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo, as well as Palais Idéal by Ferdinand Cheval, and Watts Towers by Simon Rodia, Niki de Saint Phalle decided that she wanted to make something similar; a monumental sculpture park created by a woman. In 1979, she acquired some land in Garavicchio, Tuscany, about 100 km north-west of Rome along the coast. The garden, called Giardino dei Tarocchi in Italian, contains sculptures of the symbols found on Tarot cards. The garden took many years, and a considerable sum of money, to complete. It opened in 1998, after nearly 20 years of work. Her main benefactor of the period was the Agnelli family.
The gallery maintains a turning stock of quality lithographs, artists posters and prints along with drawings, original paintings and sculpture.