The extravagant painter (during the darkest communist times she was driving a Jaguar on the narrow Polish roads) was known as an erudite and socialite who hosted anti-communist gatherings of dissidents and artists in her home and atelier, exhibited 70 times in her home country, was connected with the Cortina gallery in Milan, and in 1963 attended the Biennale in Sao Paulo, Brazil – no small feats for an artist based behind the Iron Curtain.
Although she did dedicate a lot of her time to art, she did not sacrifice any important matters in life because of it. She even once said: “The fact that I am a woman increases my possibilities when it comes to expression, but also involves more demands on my time and energy. I could not give up my home for painting. If I had no choice, I would stop painting (…)“.
photo: Maria Anto, Two Marias (for Frida Kahlo), 2001, location unknown (private collection?)