PAOLOZZI, Sir Eduardo

1924 - 2005

Eduardo Paolozzi

Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi, was born in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland on 7 March 1924, the eldest child of Maria and Rudolfo Paolozzi, Italian immigrants who were interned at the outbreak of World War Two, his father and maternal grandfather died in 1940, when the boat they were on going to Canada was torpedoed. Paolozzi studied at the Edinburgh College of Art 1941-1943, being conscripted into the army, being discharged as unfit in 1944 and then attended the Ruskin Drawing School of Drawing at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford being transferred to the Slade School of Fine Art, which had moved to Oxford during the war, where it shared the facilities of the Ruskin Drawing School, 1944-1947. He then worked in Paris before returning to London where he had a studio at Chelsea. Paolozzi was interested in everything and would use a variety of objects and materials in his work, particularly his collages. He met his future wife Freda Elliott in 1943, whom he married at Kensington, London in 1951 and in 1955 they moved to Thorpe-le-Soken in Essex. He taught sculpture and ceramics at several institutions, including the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg 1960–1962, University of California, Berkeley in 1968, the Royal College of Art and was a visiting lecturer at the Ipswich School of Art. Paolozzi was appointed CBE in 1968 and in 1979 was elected to the Royal Academy. \in 1986 he was promoted to the office of Her Majesty's Sculptor in Ordinary for Scotland in 1986 and Paolozzi was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989 as Knight Bachelor. Widely considered to be one of the pioneers of pop art, he died in London on 22 April 2005.

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