— Alexander Calder was born in 1898, the second child of artist parents, his father was a sculptor and his mother a painter.
Calder was encouraged to create, and from the age of eight he always had his own workshop wherever the family lived. For Christmas in 1909, Calder presented his parents with two of his first sculptures, a tiny dog and duck cut from a brass sheet and bent into formation.
Calder did not originally set out to become an artist.
He instead enrolled at the Stevens Institute of Technology after high school and graduated in 1919 with an engineering degree.