Biography

The forms she has pulled from black Belgian marble and Italian marble, from pink alabaster and from coca bole wood, are so sensuous and fluid, they cry out to be touched.

Cassai, Mary, “Association exhibits powerful sculptures of Ente,” Daily Freeman, November 23, 2001

Lily Ente (1905-1984) was a mid-century sculptor. She was known for her works in white Italian and black Belgian marble, mastering these merciless stones. Sculpture was the voice Ente used to explore space, balance and form. She later articulated her sculptural ideas through printmaking.

Her works are found in American museums, galleries and private collections and her stone sculptures and unusual monoprints are on display at the Lily Ente Studio, the artist’s refurbished studio in a garden setting in Woodstock, New York. During her lifetime she exhibited in more than 50 group shows and at least five individual shows. After her death there was a major retrospective show at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum (WAAM) and individual shows at her studio in Woodstock.

Ente became a sculptor in the middle of her life through happenstance. Her cousin arrived for a visit bearing a lump of clay that would change Lily Ente’s life forever.

  • Mixed Gallery

    Lily Ente Studio, Woodstock, NY, front interior Lily Ente portrait, teenage years Lily Ente, c. 1926 Untitled 35, Lily Ente, Monoprint Collage 4, Lily Ente, Paper collage Night 11, Lily Ente, Black Belgian marble
  • Maintaining a legacy…

    Recently published Woodstock Times article by Paul Smart illuminates Lily Ente's complex history and includes new quotes by her daughter Paulette Esrig. “Art truly saved her life. She had had a horrific childhood. She had enormous drive.” To read full article click here