Frida Khalo was born on the 6th of July, in Coyocoan, Mexico City, Mexico. She began painting while she was recovering from the bus accident, because of her injuries. She began painting during her recovery and finished her first self-portrait the following year, which she gave to Gómez Arias. Her father, Wilhelm or Guillermo), was a German photographer who had immigrated to Mexico where he met and married her mother Matilde. She had two older sisters, Matilde and Adriana, and her younger sister, Cristina, was born the year after Frida. Around the age of 6, she contracted polio, which caused her to be bedridden for nine months.While she did recover from the illness, she limped when she walked because the disease had damaged her right leg and foot. Frida Kahlo's accident was due to the cause of She became romantically involved with one of them, Alejandro Gómez Arias. On September 17, 1925, Kahlo and Gómez Arias were traveling together on a bus when the vehicle collided with a streetcar. As a result of the collision, Kahlo was impaled by a steel handrail, which went into her hip and came out the other side. She suffered several serious injuries as a result, including fractures in her spine and pelvis.
In 1922, she entered the best educational institution in Mexico, the National Preparatory School. This is where she first met Diego. Diego was her married couple and were seen as a dove and an elephant because Frida was slender and Diego was fat. Frida Kahlo lived in the United States for four years and of her two movies were created. Kahlo also once traveled to France and met Picasso which made her end up appearing on the French Vogue.
Out of the 143 artworks she completed in her life time 55 are self portraits. Ways that Frida Kahlo would describe her artwork are"I paint myself because I am often alone and because I am the subject I know best." These artworks often incorporate symbolic portrayals of physical and psychological wounds. She insisted "I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality." Frida Kahlo was known for her flamboyant hairstyles and traditional/theatrical Mexican dress meaning she is proud of her Mexican and Aztec heritage . She shows this by painting herself with a uni-brow and mustache. She also exaggerates her eyebrows.
Frida Kahlo died one week after her birthday at the age of 47 on July 13, 1954. She is still admired as a feminist icon. Her ashes are in casa azul and her home was turned into a museum. The meaning of her painting of "The Two Fridas" is two demonstrates two different personalities. One of the two Fridas is the traditional Frida in Tehuana costume, with a broken heart, sitting next to an independent, modern dressed Frida. This image was orginated from her diary explaining a memory childhood imagery friend which later mentioned that it was to show her loneliness and desperation because of the seperation Diego.