Frida Kahlo by: Cailyn Keiser

She was born and died in Coyoacan, Mexico
  • Her original name was Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Caleron


  • She was a Mexican painter known for her intense, brilliantly colored self-portraits painted in a primitivistic style.
  • Taught herself to paint while recovering from a bus accident.
  • With the help of her husband Diego Rivera, and her friends Andre Breton and Marcel Duchamp, she was able to set up exhibits of her work in the United States and Europe in 1938.
  • In 1943 she was appointed a professor of painting at La Esmeralda, the Education Ministry's School of Fine Arts.
  • She was politically active as a Communist.

How is she tied to the 8 Themes?

  • Cultural Interaction: She introduced a unique style of art to the world. Her paintings comprised of intense colors and a primitivistic style. They were self-portraits that often included skulls, daggers, and bleeding hearts. She also drew inspiration from her Mexican heritage and incorporated native and religious symbols into her work.
  • Power and Authority: Frida Kahlo was politically active as a Communist and gave refuge to the exiled Soviet leader Leon Trotsky in the late 1930's.
  • Economics: She made a living by painting.


  • "Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing." -Frida Kahlo
  • "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best." -Frida Kahlo
One of Frida Kahlo's paintings.



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