Lee Bontecou (born January 15, 1931) is an American sculptor and printmaker and a pioneer figure in the New York art world. She was one of a small number of female artists skilled in welding sculptures. She kept her work consistently in a recognizable style, and received broad recognition in the 1960s.
Bontecou made abstract sculptures in the 1960s and 1970s and created vacuum-formed plastic fish, plants and flower forms in 1970s. Rich, organic shapes and powerful energy appear in her drawings, prints and sculptures. Bontecou spent 20 years teaching in Art Department of Brooklyn College while continuously working on her drawings and sculpture until 2014. Bontecou has an older brother, Frank Bontecou, and was the only daughter in the house; her father Russell Bontecou was a salesman and her husband William Giles was also an artist. Her work has been shown and collected in many mainstream museums.