Who is she?
Frida was struck down with polio at the age of 6 and later survived a bus accident that left her with horrific injuries – she endured 35 operations and was unable to have a child.
While convalescing, Frida took up painting, doing mostly self-portraits. She later married mural artist Diego Rivera and the pair had a tempestuous relationship.
Frida’s work was not widely acclaimed until the 1970s and 80s – until then she was pretty much only recognised as Diego Rivera’s wife.
Today her works are worth millions and are celebrated in Mexico as emblems of their national traditions. Feminists also celebrate her work for their uncompromising depiction of the female experience.
Why should we thank her?
Many argue that Frida’s work represents the ‘suffering female’ while others believe it’s a strong feminist statement, with powerful imagery of the female experience. Whatever you believe, Frida’s art is uncompromising and she is an icon of the art world and popular culture. She has inspired other artists to be personal and autobiographical about their work.
“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.”