Female Surrealist Artists

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 1 Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 6, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
Died: July 13, 1954

Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo, was known for her many portraits and self-portraits. Her work is said to have been inspired by the nature, artifacts and popular culture of Mexico. Her work was not much known until the late 1970s, when it was rediscovered by art historians and political activists. By early 1990s, she became a recognized figure in art history.

 2 Dora Maar

Dora Maar
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Famous As: Photographer, Painter
Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 16, 1997

Born to a French mother and a Croatian father, Dora Maar spent her childhood in Argentina and later studied art in Paris. The renowned surrealist artist and photographer later gained fame as Pablo Picasso’s lover and muse, and was featured in his paintings such as Weeping Woman.

 3 Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 25, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 31, 2010

Louise Bourgeois was a French-American artist best remembered for her large-scale installation art and sculpture. Also a prolific printmaker and painter, Bourgeois explored a variety of themes, such as sexuality and death. In 1997, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2009, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 4 Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, England
Died: May 25, 2011

Leonora Carrington was a Mexican artist, novelist, and surrealist painter. During the 1970s, Carrington played an important role in Mexico's women's liberation movement as she was one of the founding members of the movement. Carrington, who was fascinated by symbolism and myth, studied alchemy, Popol Vuh, post-classic Mayan mystical writings, and the kabbalah.

 5 Remedios Varo

Remedios Varo
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Famous As: Artists
Birthdate: December 16, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Anglès, Spain
Died: October 8, 1963

A significant figure of the Mexican surrealist movement, artist Remedios Varo was taught technical drawing by her hydraulics engineer father. Born in Spain, she later fled to France with her lover, poet Benjamin Péret, and then to Mexico to escape Nazism. She was also interested in sacred geometry and alchemy.

 6 Dorothea Margaret Tanning

Dorothea Margaret Tanning
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Galesburg, Illinois, U.S.
Died: January 31, 2012

Remembered for her surrealist paintings, sculptor and painter Dorothea Margaret Tanning seemed to have recreated her visions and dreams through her art. Most of her works showcase unreal situations, with motifs such as gigantic flowers and doors. Her iconic installation Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 showcases her sculpting skills.

 7 Méret Oppenheim

Méret Oppenheim
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Famous As: Surrealist artist and photographer
Birthdate: October 6, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: November 15, 1985
Méret Oppenheim is best remembered for her surrealist art such as Object: Breakfast in Fur. She also modeled for artists. Throughout her career, she had created furniture, jewelry, and even poetry. In her performance piece Spring Feast, she laid out a banquet on top of a nude woman.
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 8 Leonor Fini

Leonor Fini
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 30, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: January 18, 1996

 9 Kay Sage

Kay Sage
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 25, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Watervliet, New York, United States
Died: January 8, 1963

 10 Kati Horna

Kati Horna
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Famous As: Photojournalist
Birthdate: May 19, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: October 19, 2000

 11 Maisoon Al Saleh

Maisoon Al Saleh
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Famous As: Visual artist
Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: Dubai, United Arab Emirates