Paul Matisse

Sculpture, Visual Artist

1933 –


Who is Paul Matisse?

Paul Matisse is an artist and inventor. He is known especially for his public art installations, many of which are interactive. He is also inventor of the Kalliroscope.

In 1954, Matisse graduated from Harvard, where he once lived in Eliot House with Stephen Joyce, grandson of James Joyce, and Sadruddin Aga Khan, a descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. After college he briefly studied at Harvard's Graduate School of Design before working in product development for Arthur D. Little. In 1962 he set off on his own, manufacturing Kalliroscopes.

From 1977 to 1979 he helped enlarge a sculpture by Alexander Calder for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Thereafter, he began his own public art career.

He currently resides in a former Baptist church in Groton, Massachusetts. He is the stepson of artist Marcel Duchamp and grandson of French painter Henri Matisse. Henri Matisse's son, Pierre Matisse, was Paul's father. His daughter Sophie Matisse is a painter in New York.

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New York City
  • United States of America
  • Harvard University
  • Harvard Graduate School of Design

on July 23, 2013


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