She studied with Carl Milles in the summer of 1942 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), with Simon Moselsio from 1942 to 1943 at Bennington College (Bennington, Vermont), with Raymond Puccinelli from 1943 to 1945 at the University of California, Berkeley, with Oronzio Maldarelli from 1945 to 1946 at Columbia University (New York City) and with Ossip Zadkine in Paris from 1949 to 1950.
The Fogg Art Museum (Harvard University), the Muscarelle Museum of Art (Williamsburg, Virginia), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln, Massachusetts) and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota) are among the public collections holding work by Marianna Pineda. Her eight-foot bronze statue of Queen Liliuokalani stands between the Hawaii State Capitol and Iolani Palace. Pineda also produced "Search for the Queen," a 1996 documentary on Queen Liliuokalani"s life and the sculptor"s creation of the bronze memorial.
Marianna Pineda died November 24, 1996 of pancreatic cancer at her home in Boston.
Fellow National Academy of Design (Gold medal 1987, Artists award 1988, 93).
Married Harold Tovish, January 14, 1946. Children: Margo, Aaron, Nina.