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Figurative sculptor, and lecturer, born Maria Fiore de Henriquez in Trieste, who studied at the Academy of Art, Venice, 1939–42. After sculpting in wood and helping the Italian partisans, 1943–5, Fiore received her first major commission, a bronze monument to Don Giovanni Cuomo for Salerno, but when it was blown up on inauguration she left Italy for England. Early commissions included one for three triple-life-size statues for the 1951 Festival of Britain. From 1954–60 Fiore was commissioned by Huntington Hartford to help create a cultural centre in Beverly Hills, California, America. She toured America and Canada, 1955–75, lecturing about working with clay. In 1961 Fiore met the sculptor Jacques Lipchitz and worked with him for several years.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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