Ernest Trova, an acclaimed St. Louis artist best known for his "Falling Man" series of works about man at his most imperfect, has died.
Trova died Sunday at his home in suburban Richmond Heights of congestive heart failure, family spokesman Matt Strauss said Tuesday. He was 82.
Trova became prominent in the 1960s with his "Falling Man" paintings, prints, and sculpture. The armless human figure, a Chicago Tribune critic wrote in 1978, "is simple but not simple-minded. It can be radically transported and transformed while retaining its essential character _ the character of an anonymous 20th century man alone in his environment."
It became a popular symbol of man at his most imperfect, Strauss said.
"Ernie Trova invented a great icon of human imperfection, and a body of work that stands as a remarkable study of postwar distopia," Strauss wrote in a statement.
A one-person exhibition of his paintings inaugurated the Pace Gallery in New York in 1963, where he continued to exhibit for more than 20 years.
In 1975 he co-founded Laumeier Sculpture Park with a gift of more than 40 large-scale artworks to St. Louis County.
His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Tate Gallery, among others.
His wife, Carla Rand, died last summer. He is survived by their three children, Carla, Tristan and Tino.