Mark di Suvero (born 1933) emigrated to the U.S. in 1941 from Shanghai. After studying sculpture and philosophy at the University of California, di Suvero moved to New York City. He drew his inspiration from the Manhattan docks and began using wood and metal from demolition sites to construct his sculpture.
In 1960 the artist suffered a broken back and leg in an elevator accident. Doctors said he would never walk, but the determined di Suvero recovered in just four years. While confined to a wheelchair, the artist made small sculptures and learned to use an electric arc welder. Since then he has learned to use the crane and cherry picker, among other tools, to bend steel for his art. Di Suvero designs his sculpture to interact with the elements and with his audiences.
Today, his works are installed in public locations around the world, and are featured in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others. The artist continues to live and work in Queens, NY.