Renowned sculptor, Beverly Pepper, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. As young as 16, she entered the Pratt Institute to study advertising design, photography, and industrial design. Pepper also took night classes at Brooklyn College, and she then studied painting at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, attending classes with André L’Hôte at the studio of Fernand Léger.
Pepper’s trips to various countries around the world, but particularly Cambodia in 1960, made her change her mode of expression from painting to sculpture. Since the beginning of Pepper’s career in sculpture, her works have been displayed outside. She often incorporates her works into the landscape, calling them “earthbound sculptures”.
Pepper has created mostly industrial scale sculptures in wood, cast iron, bronze, steel, stainless steel, and stone. Since 1972, she has lived between Todi in Umbria, Italy and New York City.
Just some of her decorations include being recipient of doctorates of Fine Art from the Pratt Institute in 1982, and the Maryland Institute in 1983, Chevalier from l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, Paris, France in 1999, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center in New York.
Her works have been exhibited and collected by major museums worldwide including; The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the White House Sculpture Garden, the Hirschhorn Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; Les Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris; the Palazzo degli Uffizi in Florence, and numerous other national museums in Europe and Asia.