Niki de Saint Phalle, née Catherine Marie-Agnes Fal de Saint Phalle (October 29 1930 - May 21, 2002) was a French sculptor, painter, and former fashion model.
She was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine in Paris to Jeanne Jacqueline and Andre Marie-Fal de Saint Phalle. The family moved from France to America in 1933.
Saint Phalle's first art exhibition was held in 1956 in Switzerland. She married Jean Tinguely on 13 July 1971. On 17 November 2000 Niki became an honorary citizen of Hannover, Germany and donated 300 pieces of her artwork to Sprengel Museum.
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