Born in Shanghai, China, Mark di Suvero is recognized as one of the most important American artists to emerge from the Abstract Expressionist era. The artist did not formally train in sculpture but rather chose to study philosophy receiving his BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1956. Di Suvero began exhibiting his sculptures in the late 1950s. Works by the artist can be found in numerous public collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Smithsonian Institution; Whitney Museum of American Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; National Gallery of Art, Australia; Landeshauptstadt, Stuttgart, Germany; Landesmuseum fur Teknik und Arbeit, Mannheim, Germany; Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden. Mark di Suvero was awarded the 2006 Public Art Network Award by Americans for the Arts.