Frida Kahlo | the artist
The artist Frida Kahlo
Born July 6 1907, Mexico-City, Mexico.
Died July 13 1954, Coyoacán, Mexico.
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Frida Kahlo was born in Coyoacán on the southern outskirts of Mexico City in 1907. Her father, Guillermo, was an atheist German immigrant photographer, her mother, Matilde, a fervent Catholic of mixed Spanish and Native American descent from Oaxaca. Frida’ s mixed heritage was seen as the undercurrent for the prevailing theme of identity in her work, and her divided loyalties to Mexico and Europe.
After contracting polio at the age of six, which left her convalescing at home for nine months, she then almost died at the age of 18, following a bus crash. It was at this point, in 1925, when she was again bedridden and isolated, that she began to paint. The defiant, unapologetic gaze of her self portraits asserts her right to exist, and her refusal to be a victim.
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