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Remedios Varo

Spanish-Mexican, 1908–1963

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Remedios Varo

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Spanish-Mexican, 1908–1963

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Surrealist Remedios Varo’s paintings explore the female psyche and the domestic realm as sites of mystical revelation. Her female protagonists, depicted as heroines or mythical figures, navigate precisely rendered symbolic worlds populated by machines, magical creatures, and objects coming to life. Varo’s women appear isolated and trapped by their environments, androgynous figures with ambivalent facial expressions, in some cases bound to machines or contraptions. Often seen as an autobiographical artist, Varo uses these women as her stand-ins exploring the occult, the Kabala, and alchemy. In Papilla Estelar (1958), Varo paints a woman using a machine to capture stardust, then spoon-feeding it to a crescent moon. Through a fundamentally maternal and domestic act, the woman is positioned as a life giver to the cosmos. Varo’s work shares close affinities with that of Leonora Carrington, who employed a similar style in her exploration of the mystical.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Biography

Surrealist Remedios Varo’s paintings explore the female psyche and the domestic realm as sites of mystical revelation. Her female protagonists, depicted as heroines or mythical figures, navigate precisely rendered symbolic worlds populated by machines, magical creatures, and objects coming to life. Varo’s women appear isolated and trapped by their environments, androgynous figures with ambivalent facial expressions, in some cases bound to machines or contraptions. Often seen as an autobiographical artist, Varo uses these women as her stand-ins exploring the occult, the Kabala, and alchemy. In Papilla Estelar (1958), Varo paints a woman using a machine to capture stardust, then spoon-feeding it to a crescent moon. Through a fundamentally maternal and domestic act, the woman is positioned as a life giver to the cosmos. Varo’s work shares close affinities with that of Leonora Carrington, who employed a similar style in her exploration of the mystical.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition
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