Frida Kahlo Mexican painter


Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907. She was mostly a self taught artist, but she had some basic training at her dad's studio, and took two art classes as a student. During 1925, she was in a bus accident and had to have around 3 dozen operations. During her recovery is when she really started to get into painting.

Art CAreer

Frida Kahlo is mostly famous for her self-portraits. She paints in a primitivistic style, which is a western art movement that uses visual forms from non-western/prehistoric people. Kahlo's paintings explored her identity as a woman and as an artist. A lot of her paintings portrayed agony because of all her different medical problems. During 1938, Kahlo met André Breton who supported her work. He helped set up some of her works in different exhibits in the states and Europe. In 1983, Kahlo became an art professor at the schoolAndré Breton,

'Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird' 1940 (oil on canvas)


Frida Kahlo incorporated different native and religious symbols in her works. Traveling around the U.S. strengthened her Mexican nationalism and when she got back, she continued to stand for Mexican national identity and culture. Kahlo was a communist, and at one point she gave shelter to Leon Trotsky who was a soviet leader that was exiled.

8 themes

cultural interaction

Frida Kahlo is connected to the theme of cultural interaction. Art helps spread around a culture, and as an artist, Kahlo helps do this.

Empire Bulding

Frida Kahlo is also connected to the theme of empire building. Kahlo is very certain about her Mexican national identity and culture and she continued to show nationalism throughout her life.

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

works consulted

"Frida Khalo." Britannica School, 2017. Encyclopedia Britannica. Accessed 20

Mar. 2017.

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