Dead People You Should Know: Frida Kahlo

D.O.B: July 6, 1907

Died: July 13, 1954

Cause of Death: Pulmonary Embolism

Spouse: Diego Rivera 

Cool Quote: “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has some of the most recognized artworks in history. Famous for her self-portraits, Frida illustrated the emotional and physical pain she felt throughout her life.

Born on July 6, 1907 in Coyocoan, Mexico City, Mexico, Frida lived a difficult life emotionally and physically. At the age of six, Frida contracted polio. In 1922, she went on to attend National Preparatory School where she met her husband, Diego Rivera, who was a muralist. The same year, Frida was in a bus accident that caused severe injuries that influenced her artwork.

In her pain, she painted herself and what she was feeling, as well as Mexican culture and sexuality. She grew to blur the line of real and surreal in her pieces. Because of Diego’s art, Frida did not get much exposure. Her work was shown in a few exhibits in Mexico and one in New York. It wasn't until the 1970s that her work became appreciated.

Today, Frida Kahlo’s influence can be seen not only in art, but also in universal pop culture. She is an icon for women, minorities, and the LGBTQ+ community.

Learn more:

Biography: https://www.fridakahlo.org/frida-kahlo-biography.jsp

Artwork: https://www.fridakahlo.org/self-portrait-in-a-velvet-dress.jsp

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