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Remedios Varo


Remedios Varo

Remedios Varo (1908 - 1963) was a Spanish-Mexican surrealist painter. She was born in
Anglés Cataluna, Spain in 1908 and died from a heart-attack in Mexico City in 1963. During the Spanish Civil War she fled to Paris where she was largely influenced by the surrealist movement. She met in Barcelona the french surrealist poet Benjamin Péret and became his wife. She was forced into exile from Paris during the Nazi occupation of France and moved to Mexico City at the end of 1941. She initially considered Mexico a temporary haven, but would remain in Latin America for the rest of her life.

In Mexico she met native artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. However, her strongest ties would be to other exiles and expatriates, and especially her extraordinary friendship with the English painter Leonora Carrington. Her last major relationship would be with Walter Gruen, an Austrian who had endured concentration camps before escaping Europe. Gruen believed fiercely in Varo, and gave her the support that allowed her to fully concentrate on her painting.

After 1949 Varo developed into her mature and remarkable style, which remains beautifully enigmatic and instantly recognizable. She often worked in oil on masonite panels she prepared herself. Although her colors have the blended resonance of the oil medium, her brushwork often involved many fine strokes of paint laid closely together - a technique more reminiscent of egg tempera. She died at the height of her career.

Her work continues to achieve successful retrospectives at major sites in Mexico and the United States.


Ascensión al monte análogo


Alegoría del invierno




Bordando el manto terrestre


Bruja que va al Sabath


Creación con rayos astrales


Creación del mundo o Microcosmos




El deseo

Jardín d'amour


Mujer o El espíritu de la noche


Música solar


Paisaje torre centauro


Papilla estelar




A mi amigo Agustín Lazo


Apártalos que voy de paso




As del volante


Astro errante


Caballero encantado


Camino árido


Caminos tortuosos


Catedral vegetal



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