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Niki de Saint Phalle was born in 1930 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. She grew up in the USA and became a star of the Nouveau Réalisme movement at the side of Jean Tinguely. With her often erotically charged motifs, Niki de Saint Phalle is considered a pioneer of feminist art of the 20th century. Today, her once scandalous “Nanas”, voluptuous, brightly colorful female figures, are interpreted as icons of a sensual, self-confident femininity. Niki de Saint Phalle died in 2002 in San Diego.