Phillip Pavia was a figure in the abstract expressionist movement in New York in the post war years. A friend of De Kooning and Pollock, he exhibited abstract sculptures in both marble and bronze, many of which were conceived as homages to his artist friends. He was a co-founder of "The Club'" a group dedicated to avant garde art which held weekly meetings with guest speakers. In the 1950s he began IT IS, a contemporary art magazine. Pavia continued to sculpt up until his death, exhibiting a collection of large terra-cotta heads in early 2005.