Felicidades Frida Kahlo: Why Her Love and Art Live On

Even in the afterlife, the legendary artist continues to transform the art world.

By Jorge Rivas Jul 06, 2011

Mexican folk art artist Frida Kahlo changed the world from her little blue house in Mexico. Born on July 6, 1907 to a Mexican mother and a German immigrant father, the artist’s self-portraits have become legendary and world-renowned. In one of her most famous quotes Kahlo said, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best." Her paintings reflect a strong Mexican woman, that looks you in the eye with confidence even though her reality was much more complicated.

From religion, indigenous traditions and even gender, Khalo put into her art symbolism nobody had dared put into art before, signs of lust. Independence, religion and spirituality were common themes. All at a time when female artists were undervalued and ignored by museum curators and gallery owners. But she continued on and became the first Latina artist to be included in many of the world’s biggest art institutions like The Louvre in Paris.

Felicidades Frida y ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

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