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Internationally-renowned artist Fiore De Henriquez flew in the face of 20th Century gender norms,  blazing her own trail and shaping her own identity in the art world across Europe and the United States.

But there was more to Fiore than sculpture.

While battling with - and eventually accepting - her intersexuality, duality became prominent in her art, her life and her explosive love affairs.

In the 1960s, when the world was being swept away by modern art, Fiore was building a reputation as a figurative sculptor in the classical style.

Personally, she was managing a constantly shifting gender identity.

Privately, she was forging a body of work that was visceral and sometimes surreal.


Professionally, she was making her mark in a very male world.

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Hers is an epic story. Having endured an abusive elder brother, Fiore joined the Italian partisans during WWII (disguised as a man) to rescue Jews from the Nazis. She was captured but escaped across the Alps.


Moving to post-war England, she found herself amongst Princess Margaret's set, sculpting HRH the Queen Mother, Igor Stravinsky, Peter Ustinov, Oprah Winfrey, Laurence Olivier, and President Kennedy among many others.

"Fiore: In Love with Clay" examines her life and her art through the eyes of those closest to her.

She died in 2004 in the Tuscan village she had saved and transformed into an arts centre.

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