Born Marco Polo di Suvero in Shanghai, China in 1933, his father was a naval attaché for the Italian government. His family moved to San Francisco when he was eight years old to escape the Japanese invasion in 1941. A protester against the Vietnam war, he considers San Francisco his 'home town,' but lives in New York. In 1960, when di Suvero was preparing for his first one-man exhibition in New York, he suffered a nearly fatal accident that left him confined to a wheelchair for two years. Through sheer self determination, he was able to walk again. During the late 1960´s his works took on a new monumentality as he began assembling steel I-beams and other materials into 30 or more feet tall compositions. Today he is recognized as one of the world´s most important sculptors.
Are Years What ( For Marianne Moore)
Sworn In, 2002
Steel & stainless steel
26 x 27 x 25 inches