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Witchy Woman

While the art of Vali Meyers isn’t quite up my alley, I was fascinated with this witchy, tattooed enigma from the first photos I glimpsed of her which, admittedly, was only recently – the Australian artist, despite an impressive list of friends (Dali, Tennessee Williams, and Jean Cocteau to name a few) and a semi-permanent Chelsea Hotel address, just wasn’t a household name stateside.

Aside from her painting, Meyers was a tightrope walker, a tattoo artist who marked Patti Smith, and a muse. Below/after the jump are just a few images of the striking and truly unique beauty that passed away at 72 a few years ago.

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Posted on March 28, 2010

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  • From Patrick Lucey on March 1, 2011 at 7:44 am

    A friend of mine lived with Vali in New York and in the valley at Positano. After her death he came to see me in Rome and recounted many stories and memories.
    He described life in NY and Positano and people like Giovanni and others. I am really sorry I did’nt get a chance to meet her. My friend loved her very much but I’m not too sure if that was recipricated toward the end of her life or not.
    My friend and Vali had a tiff and she put a knife in his side. Was it passion ?, who knows. He often would describe what it was like to be in the valley in Positano in the winter time listening to N. African radio as it was the only signal he could get.

  • From phil on August 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    i miss our vali and from time to time she crosses my mind i only remember fun times,vali a friend of mine