Alan Sonfist was born in New York on March 26, 1946. He studied at the Art Students League in New York in 1963, then at Western Illinois University at Macomb, Illinois, from 1964 to 1967 and at the Pratt Institute in New York during the summers of 1965 and 1966. The artist received his MFA from Hunter College, New York, in 1969.
Described as "the ultimate purist of the Earthworks movement" and one of the early pioneers of eco-art, Alan Sonfist has dedicated much of his life to the restoration and celebration of native ecosystems throughout the world. Since the late 1960's he has worked with city parks, major museums, botanical gardens and art galleries to create large scale outdoor projects that recreate natural landscapes as well as indoor pieces which highlight displaced local ecosystems.
Alan Sonfist (Official Website), http://www.alansonfist.com/, Last Viewed: February 6, 2009.
Alan Sonfist, http://www.greenmuseum.org/content/artist_index/artist_id-129.html, Last Viewed: February 6, 2009.
Exhibitions and Artists - Down the Garden Path: the Artist's Garden After Modernism, http://www.queensmuseum.org/exhibitions/downthegarden.htm, Lat Viewed: February 6, 2009.
International Paintings and Sculpture: Earth Monument to New York, http://nga.gov.au/International/Catalogue/Detail.cfm?ViewID=1&MnuID=2&GalID=1&SubViewID=5&IRN=15073&BioArtistIRN=11669&Print=True, Last Viewed: February 6, 2009.