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“You must create your own world. I’m responsible for my world ... I just feel that I’m in turn with the right vibrations in the universe when I’m in the process of working.” - Louise Nevelson

Born on September 23, 1900 in Kiev, Russia, Louise Berliawsky and her family immigrated to the United States in 1905. She married Charles Nevelson, a wealthy ship owner and enrolled in the Arts Students League where she studied voice, dance and painting in 1920. During the 1930’s she studied art with Hans Hoffman in Munich. Nevelson worked as a film extra in Berlin and Vienna, 1931, and as an assistant to Diego Rivera on the Rockefeller Center murals, 1937. She turned her efforts to teaching in New York throughout the 1950’s, working as an Instructor of Art at Educational Alliance School and Great Neck Adult Education Program. In 1952, Nevelson traveled to Mexico to pursue her interest in archaeology, and during this time she began producing her signature black wood landscape sculptures. Nevelson passed away April 17, 1988 in New York.