Remedios Varo (1908-1963) was a Spanish-Mexican surrealist painter.
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, later she became his wife. She was forced into exile from Paris during the 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.
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.
Her work continues to achieve successful retrospectives at major sites in Mexico and the United States.
Female Artists in History, online source: http://www.femaleartistsinhistory.com/