Mia Fonssagrives Solow is an American contemporary artist based in New York and Paris. She is internationally renowned for her refined and whimsical aesthetic in both figurative and abstract forms in a range of mediums, from polished bronze to gilded wood to sleek enamel over fiberglass. Solow’s uplifting work focuses on simplicity of form and color, exploring scale and movement as the curving surfaces of each piece draw the eye from one exquisite line to the next. Fonssagrives Solow has exhibited work throughout the U.S., Paris, London and Shanghai, and has graced the pages of lauded publications, such as the Financial Times, Artnet, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Artsy, Tatler, and Harper’s Bazaar. Her sculpture and jewelry can currently be found in locations around the world, including, NYC, East Hampton, London, Paris, and now in Palm Beach at Findlay Galleries.
As the daughter of renowned photographer Fernand Fonssagrives and iconic super model Lisa Fonssagrives, as well as the step-daughter of fashion photographer Irving Penn, Mia was born into and molded by a world of art and design. Throughout her childhood she experienced life on both sides of the camera lens. This motif of reshaping perspective is ever present in her series of abstract forms, in which the negative space becomes as integral to the work as the positive.
“Negative space is very important to me,” says Solow. “I love seeing the world through these shapes—the city, the trees, the sky, even people. As a child I always looked through the lens of a camera or a telescope and envisioned the world beyond that. In a way, these forms are a continuation of that visual process.”