A native of New York City, Sylvia Plimack Mangold was born in 1938 and is best known for her drawings and paintings. After graduating in 1961 from Yale University with a B.F.A., she married the minimalist painter and printmaker Robert Mangold.
Plimack Mangold’s early works from the 1960’s reveal her representational style and fascination with depth and space. In the years following, her style evolved to incorporate natural elements such as branches and leaves of trees. These naturalistic compositions are tightly cropped and are neither purely representational, nor purely abstract. Certain works by Plimack Mangold include elements such as rulers and tape which serve to fool the eye of the viewer. Although these elements seem to be physically attached to the work, they are illusions drawn or painted on by the hand of the artist.
Plimack Mangold’s works are included in many notable collections including the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York; Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York; Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah; Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri; and the Detroit Institute of Art in Detroit, Michigan. She is currently living and working in Washingtonville, New York.