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Born in Pistoia in 1901 Marion Marini attended the Academia di Belle Arte in Florence. Marini moved to Milan and taught sculpture and he won the Grand Prize for sculpture at the Rome Quadriennale in 1935. After a time in Switzerland Marino Marini returned to Milan in 1946. In 1950 Marini had a one man exhibition at the Curt Valentin Gallery in New York. Two years later Marino Marini won the Grand Prize for scuplture at the Venice Biennale. Marini had two main themes, the horse and rider which allowed him to explore interdependence between man and nature. At the end of the second world war Marini's work changed. He carried on working with the equestrian theme but his work now conveyed a sense of tragedy. Marino Marini died in 1980.