In this post, we will look at the life and works of Frida Kahlo as we celebrate her birthday on July 6! Frida Kahlo is a renowned artist whose works showed the pride she felt in her Mexican heritage and traditions. She is most known for her self portraits, the result of recuperating from an accident over the span of years.
I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.
Frida Kahlo was immensely proud of her Mexican heritage. No matter where she was in the world, she would clothe herself in the traditional garb of a Tehuana maiden. She was also very involved in the political movements in Mexico and went so far as to lie about the year of her birth to feel more connected with the renaissance of Mexico at the turn of the century. Kahlo’s style of art embodies Mexican culture with her use of bright colors and indigenous style and symbolism.
Frida Kahlo is most famously known for her self portraits. Almost a third of her works are self portraits! She was an intense painter who put her emotions and her life into her art. Many of her pieces portray particularly dark times in her life that she worked through with her art. This attention to real events in her life, and not what she perceived in her mind, led Kahlo to refuse the labeling of her work as surrealism because according to her, “I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”
Frida Kahlo is an artist who for decades has been an icon of feminist creativity and Mexican folk art. Her home in Mexico, “Casa Azul”, was turned into a museum in 1958.
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Art Attack is an art studio in Burlingame that provides instruction in the fine arts to children, teens and adults. Art Attack offers affordable painting classes year round to the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area. We have art classes for kids ages 5 and up with after school and weekend classes, as well as teen and adult art classes Monday through Saturday.
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