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Matthew Spender (b. 1945)

Sculptor, painter and writer, born and brought up in London, son of the poet Stephen Spender. He read modern history at Oxford University before devoting himself to painting, then in 1980 he began sculpting in wood, clay and occasionally stone. In 1967, he married the artist Maro Gorky, and they moved to Tuscany, Italy. Bernardo Bertolucci’s film Stealing Beauty, released in 1996, celebrated their marriage. Spender’s memoir Within Tuscany was published in 1992. His exhibitions included Long & Ryle Art International and Berkeley Square Gallery. His work has been shown throughout Italy and in 2008, he had a major retrospective at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. Matthew holds two professorships in Florence and Cararra.

'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company) -
On Form Sculpture -