Remedio Varo (16 December 1908 – 8 October 1963) was a Spanish-Mexican para-surrealist and symbolist painter and feminist anarchist. An extremely talented intellectual artist and incredible draftswoman too!
Born in Girona, Spain in 1908, she studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid.
During the Spanish Civil War she fled to Paris where she was greatly influenced by the surrealist movement. She met her second husband, the French surrealist poet Benjamin Péret, in Barcelona. She was forced into exile from Paris during the German occupation of France and moved to Mexico City at the end of 1941.
She died in 1963, at the height of her career, from a heart attack, in Mexico City.
"The lecture on Remedios Varo was extremely informative and very well presented in a lively, easy to understand way.
Karla is a great communicator who inspires her audience. Karla's teaching style is casual, lively and packed with information and I would definitely recommend her to others."
Nicola Clark, Javea
"Prior to this lecture, Remedios Varo was an unknown to me but once again Karla worked her magic and brought this amazing woman to life, sharing her incredible experiences, surrealist works and anarchist views, which were very forward thinking for a woman of her time."
Sue Martin, Pedreguer
"Karla, thank you so much for the presentation again. I found it revealing, most interesting.
Not only did I get an idea about Remedios Varo's life and works, but also about how visionary and enlightened she was.
Your talks open my eyes more and more each time I hear details about an artist's life. I can understand, and appreciate, her/his work a lot more."
So, many thanks - you do this job wonderfully!! Besos, Angelika xx
"I have to confess I had never heard of Remedios Varo before I saw some publicity for Karla's lecture but having heard Karla teach before I knew it would be worth going along.
I am so glad I did.
I learnt so much, not just about this fantastic artist but surrealism in general and world events that led to its creation and influence.
As ever thanks Karla for a great lecture!"
I am always impressed by Karla's enthusiasm and vast knowledge ... I recommend Karla Darocas's teaching and events always!!"
* Diana Santiago