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Born in China to Venetian parents, Mark di Suvero (b. 1933, Shanghai) immigrated to the U.S. as a child. An internationally renowned artist and pioneer in the use of steel, di Suvero has created vibrant and dynamic works of sculpture and painting throughout his sixty-year career, fusing vitality and movement with complex construction. His work has been shown consistently in galleries and museums worldwide including exhibitions of monumental outdoor sculpture in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and a number of cities in the U.S. Public citywide shows include Paris, France; Venice, Italy; and New York City. In the U.S., cities with permanent installations of di Suvero’s sculpture include Baltimore, Dallas, Grand Rapids, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, St. Louis, San Francisco, South Bend, and Toledo. In New York, di Suvero’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Storm King Art Center (Mountainville, NY). Di Suvero founded Socrates Sculpture Park (SSP) in Queens, New York in 1985 and continues to serve as chairman of its board of trustees.