Alina Szapocznikow

1926–1973

Biography

Alina Szapocznikow (Polish: [ʂapɔt͡ʂˈɲikɔf]; sometimes called Szaposznikow; May 16, 1926 – March 2, 1973) was a Polish, Jewish sculptor. She produced casts of her body and later of her son's body. She worked mainly in bronze and stone. Her artwork recalls Surrealism, Nouveau réalisme, and Pop art.

During World War II she was imprisoned in the Pabianice and Łódź Ghettos and in Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and Theresienstadt Nazi concentration camps.

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