Angelina Beloff
Angelina Beloff was a Russia
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n painter and sculptor, who worked predominantly in Mexico
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Beloff originally decided to study pediatrics
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, but then she matriculated to St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1904, where she studied until 1909. Afterwards she visited Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse was a French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter...

's academy in Paris
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, and later Hermen Anglada Camarasa's academy, where she metMaría Gutiérrez Blanchard, a cousin of Germán Cueto
Germán Cueto
Germán Gutiérrez Cueto was a Mexican painter, sculptor, puppet designer and puppeteer. He joined the Academia de Artes in 1968 and belonged to the founding members.- Biography :...

. Additionally she studied wood and stone sculpture
Stone sculpture
Stone sculpture is the result of forming 3-dimensional visually interesting objects from stone.Carving stone into sculpture is an activity older than civilization itself, beginning perhaps with incised images on cave walls. Prehistoric sculptures were usually human forms, such as the Venus of...

. In 1909 she also met Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera
Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez was a prominent Mexican painter born in Guanajuato, Guanajuato, an active communist, and husband of Frida Kahlo . His large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Movement in...

 in Belgium, whom she married two years later. They had a son named Diego, who died at the age of 14 months in 1917, during World War I
World War I
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. At this time Rivera had also an affair with Marie Vorobieff
Marie Vorobieff
Marie Bronislava Vorobieff-Stebelska , also known as Marevna, was a Russian-born Cubist painter. She is internationally known for convincingly combining elements of cubism with pointillism and – through the use of the Golden Ratio for laying out paintings – structure. She tends to be accredited...

, a Russian painter also known as "Marevna". With her he had a daughter named Marika
Marika Rivera
Marika Rivera was a French film actress and dancer.She was born in Paris, the non-marital daughter of the Mexican artist Diego Rivera and his mistress, the Russian-born painter Marie Vorobieff-Stebelska . Rivera, who was married to Angelina Beloff, did not accept his daughter...

, whom he did not accept. In spite of this circumstance, the marriage lasted twelve years, until Rivera returned to Mexico for good in 1921. The terms of the divorce required Rivera to give Beloff alimony, which he never did. Eleven years later, Beloff finally had enough money to look for Rivera in Mexico, but he had remarried twice by that time. Rivera denied that he was in a relationship with Beloff, and dismissed her from his life. This fate inspired Elena Poniatowska
Elena Poniatowska
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 to publish a series of fictive letters of Beloff, titled "Querido Diego" (dear Diego).

Beloff by herself earned money by instructing courses of sculpture. She was member of the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios
Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios
The Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios was a Mexican association of revolutionary artists and writers. It was established in the house of its first president Leopoldo Méndez in 1933 in due to the disbanded "Sindicato de Trabajadores Técnicos, Pintores y Escultores" , and was defined as...

, and co-founder of the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana
Salón de la Plástica Mexicana
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in 1949.

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