Sofía Bassi (1913 - d. 1998)

Sofía Bassi was a Mexican painter and writer noted for her surrealist work as well as her personal life, which included five years in prison for murder. She maintained an active career despite incarceration, painting her first mural in prison in Acapulco, with the assistance of Alberto Gironella, José Luis Cuevas, Rafael Coronel and Francisco Corzas. This mural can now be found at the municipal building of the city.

With exceptional technique and subtle colors, Fonseca fills his characters with fragility, poetry, and nostalgia. For inspiration, he often uses old photographs and engravings. His work, recognized around the world, has changed little in the last fifty years, and has found its way into many of the Americas’ most famous auction houses.