Happy Birthday Mark di Suvero!! Born in China in 1933 to Italian parents, Mark di Suvero is an Abstract Expressionist sculptor. He and his family relocated to San Francisco in 1942 where he went on to study philosophy at University of California, Berkeley. After sustaining a critical injury while working construction in New York City, he turned to sculpture. His work began as industrial pieces with found items such as tires, railroad ties, scrap metal, evolving to I-beams and heavy gauge metal. Despite the obvious bulk and weight of his pieces, they seem to defy gravity as they shoot off into space. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and has 3 studios, one in Long Island City, another in Petaluma, California, and one on a river barge in France. He has over 100 large-scale sculptures in public places all over the world. Di Suvero recently published Dreambook, a collection of poems, sculptures and theories.