Peter Grippe Biography

Peter Grippe




Peter Grippe, an American sculptor, printmaker and painter, was born on August 11, 1912 in Buffalo, New York. Grippe was educated at the Albright-Knox Art School and the Art Institute of Buffalo from 1923 to 1925. From 1944 to 1948, he attended the Atelier 17 as a printmaking student of Stanley Hayter.

In 1949 he began to teach at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, then he transitioned to teaching at the Atelier 17 from 1951 to 1954 in New York City. From 1953 to 1980 he taught at Brandeis University, where he was named the first professor of sculpture. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the category of fine artist in 1964.

Grippe was known for his sculptures, which was influenced by a cubistic style, but in the late 1950's he created a portfolio featuring 21 artists such as Willem de Kooning, Jacques Lipchitz and himself, and 21 poets called "21 Etchings and Poems." This portfolio was published by New York's Morris Gallery in 1960.

Grippe exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, Pennsylvania Academy, Art Institute of Chicago, and the American Academy in Rome, Italy. In 1942 and 1952, he received the award for Contemporary Watercolors, Drawings and Prints from the Museum of Modern Art.

Peter Grippe died on October 18, 2002.