AnOther: The Rainbow-Coloured Revelry of Niki de Saint Phalle

AnOther, July 19, 2016

Who? As a young girl in the 1930s who had recently moved with her family from France to the US, Niki de Saint Phalle was expelled from a prestigious boarding school in New York City for meticulously painting fig leaves red on the school’s statuary – a cardinal sin, as far as the governing body was concerned. Little did they know, the sense of rebellion which drove the creative act, fuelled by a desire to beautify and add joyful colour to the world around her – was to become a recurring theme threading through Saint Phalle's personal life and artistic career.