Cy Twombly Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


Cy Twombly

Birthday :

April 25, 1928

Died On :

July 5, 2011

Also Known For :

Sculptor, Photographer

Birth Place :

Lexington, Virginia, United States of America

Zodiac Sign :


Cy Twombly was a renowned sculptor and a fervent American painter. He was inspired by a Spanish artist who was named as Pierre Daura. He received professional training under his guidance as well as attending notable museums schools. He took painting like a professional job. He specialized in works such as Dadaism and Soutine.

He also majored in sculpting where he made envied materials with scraps. He traveled to African and European, that led him to sculpture and paint recognizable arts. He also served as a U.S Army for a short period. He illustrated cultural themes and memories in all of his paintings. He and other painters like Jasper Johns declined the post-War II Art Movement in the 1940s.

Childhood And Early Life

On 25 April 1928, Edwin Parker Twombly was born in Virginia Lexington City to Edwin Parker who was a renowned baseball fanatic. At 14 years old, he gained interest in art where he embraced it as a long-term relation. He took several private lessons with Pierre Daura, but he later joined Lexington High School in Rome. In the course of 1948 to 1949 he joined the Museum of Fine Arts, and from 1950 he attended the Art Students League of New York. The same year, he went to Virginia where he enrolled at the Lee University and Washington University in Virginia. For two years he joined Black Mountain College that was stationed in North Carolina.



In the mid of 1952, Cy got a chance to showcase his art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He received a scholarship tour where he gathered resourceful information in partnership with Robert Rauschenberg. In 1954 he landed an ideal job in the United States Army that greatly helped him to mature as a painter. He used to travel to New York where he showcased his sketches.

During the 1950s Cy worked as a teacher at the Southern Virginia University. By the end of 1959, he had already turned into a renowned artist. Although he passed through different skills, he concentrated more on his arts. His work illustrated a tribal theme. He also majored in sculptor business where he made distinct cultural memories. After a successful turn, he left sculpting in 1959.

Some of his major works include Leda and the Swan that described a Greek tradition. Not to mention The Birth of Venus paint illustrated his mixed work by using the wax crayon on paper and pencil. He also created several paintings that indicated a brief of grey colors and white chalks.

In 1970 Cy introduced another drawing where he evoked his art with colorful genres. He used green, brown, light blue and written engravings. In the mid of 1976, he went back to his previous skill of sculpting. His last work was seen where he came up with Fifty Days at Iliam art. From there henceforth he continued with his artistic career till his demise.


Personal Life

In 1959 Cy Twombly married Baroness Tatiana Franchetti. The couple had a son called Cyrus Twombly who followed his father’s footsteps. Tatiana died in 2010 and Twombly dated Nicola Del Roscio, an archivist. He passed away on July 5, 2011, in Rome after battling with Cancer for years. Most of his notable works were assigned to the Cy Twombly Foundation. A famous film producer Tacita Dean produced Edwin Parker’s film in 2010.

April 25 Horoscope

More Painters

More People From Virginia

More People From United States of America

More Taurus People