Pilar Pobil was born in Madrid, Spain, and lived on the Island of Majorca in the Spanish Mediterranean. Raised in an old-fashioned household where girls were not encouraged to pursue their talents, she nevertheless spent much of her childhood sketching scenes and playing with color and design in any medium that was available to her.
She lost her father in the Spanish Civil War when she was very young, and was left with an ultra-conservative mother who had six daughters to raise. Though she received a good education in a convent school that was as far as her training went.
In her twenties, Pobil met and fell in love with an American, moved to the United States and had three children. During the next 15 years she thought that she had lost her chance to become the artist that she had dreamed of being as a child. It wasn’t until she was 43 years old, when, on a whim she went to a pottery class, and instead of making pots, started to sculpt in clay. For several years she focused on sculpting, but soon branched out to watercolor and oils.
She is a self-educated artist who has always worked alone. In the years she has been sculpting and painting, her work has won innumerable awards and she has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the Western States, Chicago, Spain and Mexico.