She has become an iconic figure in Mexican culture and is seen as a special kind of hero for many Mexicans and people like myself outside of her home country.Frida was born in 1907 in Coyoacan, Mexico, and lived during the time of the Mexican Revolution.When she had her first and only exhibition in Mexico and was ordered to stay in bed by doctors, she responded by having her bed carried into the gallery.
Stricken with polio as a child, then nearly crippled in a bus accident at the age of eighteen, Kahlo defied the odds, not only by learning to walk again (twice), but by taking the world by storm with her unique artistic vision.
Frida Kahlo was born July 6, 1907 near Mexico City.
Her work, however, was primarily personal, and her well-known paintings are all self-portraits.
She lived a life that was bold, untraditional, and often filled with pain, and this is reflected in her artwork.
She spent much of her life in physical pain, due to disabilities from childhood polio and a terrible bus accident as a teenager that left her with severe injuries that plagued her throughout life.
It was during her very long recovery from the latter incident that Frida became a painter, instead of continuing into the medical field as she had planned.
The desire to be remembered was always a central theme of Kahlo's art, as reflected in the many self-portraits she painted (the images for which she is best known).
Once she embroidered a pillow for her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera, which read, "Remember me, my love." Kahlo's obsession with mortality is no mystery, as illness, severe pain and the threat of death repeatedly imposed themselves on her young life.
Frida was the kind of person who chose to live her live in a remarkable way though, and created a lasting legacy of this with her artwork. With the bold stare we see in her self-portraits, she seems to be challenging the person looking back at her to live the life one chooses.
She sends a message of inspiration to viewers of her artwork to embrace one's own identity and face hardships with a courageous attitude.