Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) has become the most universally admired Mexican artist nearly five decades after her death. In the last decade in particular, she has been a great ambassador of Mexican art and culture. The complexity and depth of her human and esthetic dimension have made her a universal symbol. Her paintings sell for millions of dollars at auctions, and her face is an international icon.
Although her life on this earth was brief and quite often turbulent and painful, using her own unique “folkloric” style of painting, Frida painted the diary of her life. Each painting, whether it be a self-portrait or a still life, captures a moment in her life. They reflect the emotions of her turbulent relationship with her husband, the famous muralist Diego Rivera, the life long physical and emotional pain she endured as a result of a tragic bus accident and her inability to have children. During her life time Frida created some 200 paintings, drawings and sketches related to her experiences in life.
Frida Kahlo, one of the 20th century’s best artists, overcame personal tragedy, channeling it into profound works of art. Documentary from About.com.
Frida (2002) – the movie about the artist – won two Oscars and one Golden Globe. It stars Salma Hayek in her Academy Award nominated portrayal as Kahlo and Alfred Molina as her husband, Diego Rivera.
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