Biography of Frida
Frida Kahlo was born in Coyoacan on
July 6, 1907. In 1925 she was involved in a trolly accident
which left her with permanent injuries. Among these
were vertebrae fractures, pelvis fractures, fractures
in her right foot and a serious abdominal wound caused
by a handrail. She was expected to never recover enough
to walk again, although she eventually did. The rest
of her life was punctuated with treatments and surgeries,
including the amputation of her right leg, in order
to mitigate the effects of her injuries.
In 1929, she married Mexican muralist
Diego Rivera. The two were divorced and then later remarried.
Much has been written about their stormy relationship.
It is enough to say here that Rivera was clearly a pivotal
force in Frida's life and she in his.
Thoughout her life Frida was a fierce
nationalist and a vocal socialist. As a reflection of
her beliefs, Frida often wore the indigenous clothing
of Mexico. This can be seen both in photographs of her
and in her paintings. Frida completed 143 paintings
during her lifetime, 55 of which are self-portraits.
Many of these self-portaits are among her most famous
works. Her works were often classified as surrealist,
although she did not like this label. The colors and
many of the symbols used in her work are clearly influenced
by Mexican tradition
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