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Mary King Nancy Cole Sculpture 1 December 5, 2007 Sculpture Research Paper Martin Puryear African-American Martin Puryear was born in Washington D.C on May 23, 1941. His father was a postal worker and his mother was an elementary school teacher. Puryear began to show great potential in art at a very young age when he started drawing bugs in great detail and even hand crafted a guitar, a canoe, and various pieces of furniture.
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He received his B.A. from the Catholic University of America in 1963, despite the fact that he was a biology major until his junior year when he realized that he could actually make a living being an artist. After college he joined the Peace Corps and stayed in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where he mentored and was also mentored by African artists for two years. Upon returning to America, Puryear decided to attend the Swedish Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm, Sweden. While he studied there, he also learned the art of basketry and quilting. But most importantly, while he
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