Sofia Bassi (Mexican 1913-1998)
The Mexican surrealist painter Sofia Bassi was born Sofia Celorio in Mendoza, in the state of Veracruz, Mexico in 1913. Bassi did not begin painting until 1964 and was self-taught. Her work is classified as surrealist.
She was invited to participate in an exhibition in Mexico City of self-portraits at the Museo de Arte Moderno that was an homage to Andre Breton. She also participated in another exhibition at the Mueso de Arte Moderno in 1967, Bassi was featured along with Frida Kahlo and 7 other prominent painters of the Mexican school including Maria Izquierdo, Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington.
Her work has been exhibited in numerous museums including el Museo Liceo Selma Lagerloff in Stockholm, the Museum of Modern Art in Tel Aviv, and el Museo de Guadalajara. She had four solo exhibitions at the Salon de Plastica Mexicana.
She married the industrialist Bassi. In 1968 she was convicted of murdering her son-in-law, the Italian count Cesare d Aquarone, in Acapulco. She was imprisoned for 11 years. While in prison, she was allowed visitations from her family and also to continue her painting.
Source: Papillon Gallery