Surrealist Painter and Photographer


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Stella Snead was a surrealist painter, photographer, and collage artist born in London, England in 1910. In 1936, Snead enrolled at the Amédée Ozenfant’s academy, Ozenfant Academy of Fine Arts in London where she became good friends with Leonora Carrington. Stella moved to the United States in 1939 to flee World War II. There she met many other surrealist émigrés. In 1940, Snead traveled by bus to Los Angeles where she was inspired by the landscape and indigenous cultures of the American West and Southwest. Snead moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1946 where she lived in an adobe structure. She continued to paint until about 1950 when she took up photography. She spent many years in India and at her home in NYC where she passed away in 2006.