Leonora Carrington was born in England into an Anglo-Irish family and from an early age was fascinated with drawing. White studying in London she was introduces to the surrealist artist Max Ernst, who deeply influenced her emotional life as well as her participated in several major exhibitions of surrealism in Europe before moving to Mexico in 1941. The first of her many solos exhibitions took place in 1948 in New York. her work was exhibited in several Surrealist exhibitions in Cologne and Paris in 1971 and 1972.
Retrospectives of her work have been held in New York at the Center for Inter-American Relations in 1976; in London at the Serpentine Gallery, 1991; in Monterrey at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1994; and in Mexico City at the Museo de Arte Moderno in 1995. Another important exhibition of her works was Leonora Carrington, The Mexican Years at the Mexican Museum in San Francisco in 1991. Carrington died on 25 May 2011 at age 94, In Mexico City due to complications of pneumonia.