7 August 1913, San Pedro, Argentina -
4 November 1982, Paris, France
After studying at the School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Alicia Penalba moved to Paris in 1948. For three years she worked alongside the Russian Cubist sculptor and painter, Ossip Zadkine, in his workshop where she was inspired by his abstract sculptural works. Her first solo show came in 1957, and two years later she took part in Documenta II in Kasel and in 1968 she exhibited in Totems et Tabous, alongside fellow Latin American artists Wifredo Lam and Roberto Matta organised by the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
In the later 1960s and early 1970s Penalba started making jewellery in Paris that were produced in numbered editions first by F&F Gennadi and later by Artcurial. According to her then assistant, the sculptress Hedva Ser, Penalba would use the soft doughy centre of her morning croissant as her modelling agent - it is even possible to see the impressions of the stretched dogs on the finished pieces.