Mima was born on a mild Italian winter’s day in December, 1909, in a small town near Florence, and would later grow to prominence in a new homeland, France, a country her family adopted in her early childhood. Growing up in the midst of revolutions and revelations in art, with the inception of metaphysical painting in 1919, and soon thereafter, in 1924, the birth of surrealism, Mima found herself at the threshold of her own awakening.

On the opening of Gallery Surrealist on March 26, 1926, on Rue Jacques Callot in Paris, the young Mima, inspired by the magic of this symbolist movement, was determined to pursue her academic and traditional schooling, not realizing that this encounter would be the seed and eventual harvest, from which her debut as a surrealist painter would manifest.

In spite of her academic background, and classical training in the Flemish tradition, she never dedicated herself to any particular school of painting. As revolutions in art bannered bold, new alternatives, Ms. Indelli took the liberty to veer away from her academia and onto a path where her perception and childlike purity gave range to a new, primitive exploration.

Blending the memories from her bi cultural heritage with her fascination for the exotic, her transformation of visions onto canvas flowed with a directness, simplicity and boldness of color and form, that earned her acclaim around the world. In addition to her one man shows, she contributed regularly to the following exhibitions:

Salon Comparaisons, Salon d’Automne, Salon des Independants, Salon Terres Latines, Salon de l’Art Libre, Salon International Feminin. In 1964, Ms. Indelli was asked to participate in the “Contemporary Primitives Exhibition” held at the Gallery Charpentier.

Numerous of her works have been acquired by the French Government, the Ville de Paris and can be found in many important private collections.


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