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Frida Kahlo: An Iconic, Inspiring Artist

Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyocoan Mexico (1). She painted self-portraits that portrayed all the hardships she went through in her life. In her early life she went through her first hardship, she had gotten in a bus accident that caused her to be crippled and led her to have massive back problems all throughout her life (1). She had a tumultuous marriage with Diego River, another Mexican artist (1).

Although her life had many hardships, her love for painting seemed to never end. Her artwork displayed all her trials in life, which was a form of expression, she painted her emotions about death, the human body and identity (1).

Frida Kahlo was known to be a surrealist, which is a style of painting that was highly popular at that time. She is a great inspiration for me because I love to draw. Art for me is a way to cope with life’s many problems. Art can be a way to express unspoken emotions. I began my love for art in 7th grade, during that time I learned how to shade, and learned to use all types of media to paint. Also, I saw the movie Frida, starring Selma Hayek which introduced me to Frida's brave story. Along with being a strong women, she is a Hispanic women who I can relate with. Although I am in a different season in my life, art for me is still a wonderful escape.

Frida Kahlo seemed to be a strong Hispanic woman, that broke many boundaries during her time.

And as a Hispanic woman myself, she inspired me to keep going although things seemed hard and to never forget my love for art and to be proud of my Hispanic Heritage.

"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her and imagine she must be there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”

-Frida Kahlo


Works Cited

Zelazko, Alicja. "Frida Kahlo". Encyclopedia Britannica, 4 Aug. 2023, Accessed 23 August 2023.

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