By the time he was in his forties, Valo held a group exhibition in 1955, exhibiting paintings dealing with the subconscious, mysticism, and metaphysics. In many cases, the protagonist looked like Valo.
She was interested in tarot, astrology, and alchemy, and had a lifelong love and balance for science, especially geology, Arcq said in an interview. Valo’s work fused these interests.
“She was trying to find the intersection of mysterious and scientific,” Arcq said.
In Vallo’s painting “Harmony” (1956), a person (male or female) sits at a desk in a cave room and gives objects such as crystals, plants, geometric patterns, and pieces of mathematical formulas to the music staff. I’m passing. It looks like an abacus or a loom. It looks like a muse-like person is coming out of the wall. That person, Valo, wrote in a note to her family, “I’m trying to find an invisible thread that connects everything.”
By this time, she had lived with Walter Gruen, an exiled Austrian owner of a popular classical music record store. He believed in Vallo’s talent and encouraged her to devote himself to painting with all his heart.
Valo held his first major solo exhibition in Mexico City in 1956. It was a hit not only among critics and collectors, but also among the famous Mexican villager Diego Rivera. He said Valo was “one of the most important female artists in the world.” Her second solo exhibition in 1962 was also successful.
Valo died of a heart attack on October 8, 1963. She was 54 years old. Gruen became a tireless champion of her work and heritage, and crowds gathered at a posthumous retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Mexico in 1971.
The value of Valo’s work has skyrocketed in recent years, thanks to its rarity, quality and striking images.
“It has a magical effect,” Norris said. “Her work has brilliance and light, as seen in wonderful Renaissance paintings.”