Marie Cofalka - Modernist Head - Oil on Wallpaper - circa 1965 P2863
Very much a signature of Cofalka's work is her penchant for painting on unusual surfaces. This only adds to the elan and daring of this portrait.
Measures 5 1/2" x 7 1/2".
Marie Cofalka (1924-2004)
Cofalka was born 1924 Heidelberg Germany. The family relocated to Poland, likely during the war, she escaped Poland and later ended up in Philadelphia PA, working as an artist.
She was single. Some of her work has been stamped with an address of 1023 S Farragut St in Philadelphia, which was used as a studio during the day.
In 2003, she became ill with cancer and passed away on Dec 20, 2004. It is not clear why but in 2003, the city deemed her building to be abandoned. At that time, the REC took over her property and demolished her studio, destroying much of her art. They later sold the land.
One work that we have identified she did the cover art for is a book titled “A Joyful Harvest” which was a religious text.