Frida Kahlo is one of my favorite female artists, and is therefore, perfect for my A to Z Challenge theme, Ladies I Love. Born in Mexico City in 1907, she started painting at the age of 18 while recuperating from a bus accident in which she was impaled through the hip by a metal bar. While at the National Preparatory School, she met famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, whom she later married in 1929. They had a rather tumultuous relationship, both having affairs outside of the marriage. A communist political activist and feminist, many of Kahlo’s paintings contained surrealist images that conveyed often controversial images of womanhood, pain (she had three miscarriages) and dreams. She used bold colors and traditional Mexican elements in her artwork as well.
Frida Kahlo died at the age of 47 in Mexico City after several years of declining health. Her work continues to grow in popularity, and she is seen as an icon of female creativity. Her life story was made into the film “Frida“, starring Salma Hayek. I encourage you to search for images of Kahlo’s paintings and enjoy her creative works yourself! Here are a few of my favorite Frida Kahlo images: