ANNA Delvey has evolved from ‘false heiress’ to artist with a lively solo exhibition showcasing the work she created while in prison.
The infamous “Soho Grifter,” whose real name is Anna Sorokin, exhibited her six pieces Thursday at the Public Hotel in New York City, which had an open bar and drinks like “Anna on ICE.”
The convicted fraudster, who scammed hotels, friends and banks with hundreds of thousands, was released from prison on February 11, 2021 after serving three years of her sentence.
But six weeks after her release, she was re-arrested for overstaying her visa and remains in ICE custody to this day.
Being behind bars didn’t stop Delvey from cashing in on her celebrity as models showcased her six works of art and carried them across the bar.
The co-founder of the group that bought Delvey’s art, Patrick Peters, is selling 48 percent of the collection they bought and says it’s valued at half a million dollars.
“We had to send in a lot of things [to Delvey]and 90 percent of it was confiscated,” Peters told The US Sun.
“Anna is the real artist,” said Peters. “The hope is to eventually sell it to one of the bigger auction houses.”
“Anna went through a lot of pain. She has used her art as an escape and as a redemption. So that’s salvation,” he added.
According to Delvey’s art dealer Chris Martine, art supplies such as acrylic paints were confiscated in prison, so their art supplies consisted of crayons and ballpoint pens.
But Martine was far more successful providing inspirational material for Delvey at the Orange County Correctional Facility in New York, he told ArtNet.
Delvey reportedly asked for pictures of familiar places that inspire her, including the five-star Marrakech hotel where her friend Rachel Williams had to pay 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 completed while being held at the Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen, New York.
“Hello everyone, Anna Delvey here,” she said in the audio recording played at the exhibition.
“I’m so excited to unveil my very first art collection entitled ‘Allegedly’. This is a collection of sketches I made while incarcerated on ICE Orange County.”
“I wanted to capture some of the moments over the past few years, both of which have never been seen before and are iconic, with the limited tools at my disposal,” she said.
Models pull out the sketches and carry them across the bar.
The event features an open bar and an Anna on ICE drink.
Today’s event is a sort of follow-up to the Free Anna art exhibition that took place on the Lower East Side in March.
Delvey was found guilty of eight counts in 2019, including second-degree grand larceny, attempted grand larceny and theft of services.
Sorokin stole a total of $225,000 from Manhattan celebrities, banks and hotels.
After her release from prison in 2021, she went straight back into the celebrity lifestyle.
In her short-lived freedom, Delvey posted about her life of luxury on her Instagram account, reveling in the notoriety and sharing articles about herself.
The story has been adapted into a Netflix series, retelling Delvery’s fall from a seemingly elite Manhattan personality and fashionista to an exposed con artist with a terrible reputation.
Anna Delvey, 31, pretended to be a wealthy German heiress before being convicted of fraud.
Born in Russia in 1991, she moved to Germany with her family at the age of 16.
She moved to New York City in 2013 and took on the role of a German heiress who would eventually rob Manhattan’s personalities, banks and hotels of thousands of dollars.
Sorokin was charged with grand theft in 2018 and found guilty 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 re-arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying her visa
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