Marcia Grostein is a Brazilian-born American artist whose practice includes sculpture, painting, video, photography, and portable art/jewelry. After finishing her studies at the Royal College of Art in London in 1970, she returned to Brazil to enroll at Escola de Experimentação Artística Brasil Dois Pontos, a center for artistic experimentation where Grostein developed her interest for American Art. Deeply influenced by Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimal and Conceptual Art, she had her first encounter with Willem de Kooning in 1977, who became a mentor and, together with James Rosenquist, introduced her to the NY art scene. Her first exhibition in NY took place at the Suydam Gallery with a text written by de Kooning.
In 1979, she interned for Fluxus artist Joseph Beuys and worked at his retrospective held at the Guggenheim Museum in NY. The following year, Grostein was represented by Betty Parsons Gallery, and her paintings were exhibited together with Jackson Pollock’s works in the gallery’s final show. Continuing to show her work in galleries and museums in different continents, she participated in the exhibition “Moss: Dialogues between Art & Design” at Phillips de Pury, where her chair sculptures were paired with Bob Wilson’s chairs in 2012. This exhibition crystallized Grostein’s fascination with design and she went on to create sculptures that functioned as lamps. She exhibited her functional sculptures at Paul Kasmin/PK Shop in 2014. Pieces of her prolific body of work are held in prominent private collections and renowned international institutions such as: MOMA/PS1, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, MASP - São Paulo Museum of Art, MAM - Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo among others.