Marianna Pineda

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Marianna Pineda
Queen Lili’uokalani Statue (2857823595).jpg
A bronze statue of Hawai’i's Queen Lili’uokalani by Marianna Pineda, 1980, located on the south side of the Hawai’i State Capitol.
Born 1925
Evanston, Illinois
Died November 24, 1996
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Known for Sculpture

Marianna Pineda (1925–1996) was an American realist sculptor who was born in 1925 in Evanston, Illinois. She was married to the sculptor, Harold Tovish.

She studied with Carl Milles in the summer of 1942 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), with Simon Moselsio from 1942 to 1943 at Bennington College (Bennington, Vermont), with Raymond Puccinelli from 1943 to 1945 at the University of California, Berkeley, with Oronzio Maldarelli from 1945 to 1946 at Columbia University (New York City) and with Ossip Zadkine in Paris from 1949 to 1950.

The Fogg Art Museum (Harvard University), the Muscarelle Museum of Art (Williamsburg, Virginia), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln, Massachusetts) and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota) are among the public collections holding work by Marianna Pineda.[citation needed]

Her eight-foot bronze statue of Queen Liliuokalani stands between the Hawaii State Capitol and Iolani Palace. Pineda also produced "Search for the Queen," a 1996 documentary on Queen Liliuokalani's life and the sculptor's creation of the bronze memorial. Marianna Pineda died November 24, 1996 of pancreatic cancer at her home in Boston.


  • Faxon, Alicia and Sylvia Moore, Pilgrims and Pioneers, New England Women in the Arts, New York, Midmarch Arts Press, 1987.
  • Hills, Patricia and John Tagliabue, Marianna Pineda, Sculpture, 1949 to 1996, Boston, Alabaster Press, 1996.
  • Kitaj, Karma, Women Who Could...and Did, Lives of 26 Exemplary Artists and Scientists, Chestnut Hill, MA, Huckle Hill Press, 2001.
  • Rubinstein, Charlotte Streifer, American Women Sculptors, A History of Women Working in Three Dimensions, Boston, G.K. Hall, 1990.
  • Watson-Jones, Virginia, Contemporary American Women Sculptors, Phoenix, AZ, Oryx Press, 1986.

External links[edit]

  • [1] Oral history interview with Harold Tovish, 1997 Nov. 13-1998 Apr. 7
  • [2] DeCordova Sculpture Park - Pineda Sculpture "Eve Celebrant"
  • [3] Biography, Childs Gallery