ANNA Delvey has gone from ‘fake heiress’ to artist with a buzzing solo show showcasing the work she’s created from prison.
The infamous ‘Soho Grifter’, whose real name is Anna Sorokin, displayed her six pieces at the New York Public Hotel on Thursday, which had an open bar and drinks like ‘Anna on ICE’.
The convicted fraudster, who scammed hotels, friends and banks from hundreds of thousands of people, was released from prison on February 11, 2021, after serving three years of her sentence.
But six weeks after her release, she was taken back into custody for overstaying her visa and remains in ICE custody today.
Being behind bars didn’t stop Delvey from enjoying his fame as models displayed his six works of art and carried them through the bar.
The co-founder of the group who bought Delvey’s art, Patrick Peters, is selling 48% of the collection they bought and says it’s valued at half a million dollars.
“We had to post a lot of things [to Delvey]and 90% of it was confiscated,” Peters told the US Sun.
“Anna is the real artist,” Peters said. “The hope is to eventually sell it to one of the bigger auction houses.”
“Anna went through a lot of pain. She used her art as an escape and as redemption. So it’s redemption,” he added.
According to Delvey art dealer Chris Martine, art supplies like acrylic paints were confiscated in prison, so his art supplies consisted of colored pencils and pens.
But Martine was much more successful in obtaining inspirational material for Delvey inside the Orange County Correctional Facility in New York, he told ArtNet.
Delvey reportedly asked for photos of familiar places that inspire him, including the five-star hotel in Marrakech where his friend Rachel Williams sadly had to foot the hefty bill.
Another source of inspiration for Delvey is the Malibu rehab center where she was arrested in 2017, Passages.
The exhibit features sketches Delvey made while an inmate at the Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen, New York.
“Hi everyone, this is Anna Delvey,” she said in the audio recording released during the exhibit.
“I’m so excited to unveil my very first art collection titled ‘Allegedly’. This is a collection of sketches I created while in custody in Orange County.”
“I wanted to capture some of the moments of the past few years, both untold and iconic, using the limited tools I have,” she said.
The models take out the sketches and carry them through the bar.
The event includes an open bar and an “Anna on ICE” drink.
Tonight’s event is something of a follow-up to the ‘Free Anna’ art exhibit held in March on the Lower East Side.
Delvey was convicted of eight counts in 2019, including grand larceny in the second degree, attempted larceny and theft of services.
Sorokin stole a total of $225,000 from socialites, banks, and hotels in Manhattan.
She returned to the mundane lifestyle after being released from prison in 2021.
In her short-lived freedom, Delvey posted about her luxurious life on her Instagram account, reveling in notoriety and sharing articles about herself.
The story was made into a Netflix series that chronicles Delvery’s fall from a seemingly elite Manhattan socialite and fashionista to an exposed con man with a terrible reputation.
Anna Delvey, 31, posed as a wealthy German heiress before being convicted of fraud.
Born in Russia in 1991, she moved to Germany with her family when she was 16.
She moved to New York in 2013 and adopted the persona of a German heiress, eventually swindling Manhattan socialites, banks and hotels out of thousands of dollars.
Sorokin was charged with grand larceny in 2018 and was convicted of six counts in 2019.
She was sentenced to a maximum of 12 years in prison but was released in February 2021.
In March 2021, six weeks after her release, she was taken back into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying her visa.
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