Frida Kahlo, Artist & Feminist
Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón on July 6, 1907, Mexico City. Frida Kahlo’s art depicts a surrealist take on her tumultuous life and relationships with family and friends. As a child, Frida suffered from polio, which caused permanent damage in her right leg and foot. She survived a bus accident during her teenage years that split her pelvis and shattered her spine, and it was during this period of recovery when she first started painting self portraits.
Upon returning to school, she met the also famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. She was inspired by his work, and when they met again years later, the two married. They were both serious about their art and chose to keep their work separate. Due to each other’s extramarital relationships, they divorced in 1939 but were remarried in 1940. Frida wanted a child but had a hard time getting pregnant after having already lost a child in a previous pregnancy. All of these event became themes in her art, and in 1946, she received the National Prize of Arts & Sciences.
After her death, her self portraits, portraying all of these painful events that so many women could relate to, became synonymous with the feminist movement.