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The colorful, political and sensual majesty of Frida Kahlo

(4 min read) Frida Kahlo has long been renowned as Mexico’s finest artist; not only for her gorgeous Mexican-inspired masterpieces and self-portraits but for her insatiably positive attitude to life and her acute poeticism. Born on July 6, 1907, in Coyocoan, Mexico; Frida suffered from polio at the age of 6 and was later involved in a tragic bus accident causing her severe pain and struggle throughout her life. Her struggle did not affect her stalwart passion for life and profound creative expressionism. Frida claimed to be born in 1910, (the time of the great Mexican revolution), to associate herself with a new and reformed Mexico.

Fascinating portrait of Frida with a beautiful Mexican ornament.
Fascinating Frida with a beautiful Mexican ornament.

Frida’s sensual portraits artwork
Many of Frida’s portraits feature sensual flower crowns booming with bold Mexican-inspired color.

A real portrait of Frida
Frida struggled with Polio as a child and continued to suffer into adulthood with her injuries.

Keenly recognized by her signature thick ‘monobrow’; Frida inspired many to embrace their natural beauty and defined the broad spectrum of organic beauty, peacefully yet rebelliously leaning against the well-trodden path of aesthetic idealism with her stoic pyre. Frida is considered a feminist icon regarding her history of open sexuality, expression of political opinions and shameless natural beauty. These visuals continue to be the center of thousands of decorative wall art and home accents today, adorning the homes of political fans and those who love her colorful, contemporary style and her trademark, sensual flower crowns.

A beautiful portrait of Friday that is elegant and gutsy
A gorgeous Frida adorned with a delicate flower crown, confident elegant and gutsy.

Involved and interested heavily in Mexican politics, Frida married a communist painter, Diego Rivera, who saw the unique talent and raw spirit in Frida that was undoubtedly forged in her childhood struggle and continued experience of injury pain and anguish.

A photograph of Friday and Diego
Frida and Diego are said to have been a fiery couple rooted in politics and deep passion for one another.

Frida endured many operations and suffered several miscarriages as a result of her crash injuries, many of which are depicted in her emotive works; this pain depicted in many of her paintings combine with sensuality, identity, and surrealism, interacting with different versions of herself with the same poised and thoughtful expression. Often painting in bed due to her pain, Frida produced many fascinating visuals handling eroticism, expressionism, identity, and politics, making for truly unique decorative wall art. Frida laced her work with rebellion, facing away from moral norms, focusing more upon true self, sensuality and passion; proud “Mexicanidad” culture and tradition pushed heavily back against the impending westernization of Mexico in her paintings.

Frida painting in her studio
Frida persevered through her pain to paint her incredible works.

Frida's stunning realism style
From realism to a piccaso-esque surrealism, Frida captures the many facets of being human; from pain to pleasure.

Frida's self portrait and representation of herself
Often spiritually laced and emotive, her organic works did not shy away from graphic representations of the self.

Her deeply personal portraits shed light into the complex soul that looked out onto those canvases, where a strong sense of self, ineffable confidence, and a philosophical frown shine incandescently. Have you been inspired to add a touch of Frida to your home accents today?

Frida's self-portrait with a monkey and a cat.
This self-portrait with monkeys was once of many, offering playfulness with a keenly earnest onlooker that does not shy away from eye contact and soul connection.

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82 Comments

  1. Krysten Quiles
    March 4, 2020 at 11:54 am — Reply

    Oh my goodness I love this so much, she’s such an inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

  2. Amber Myers
    March 4, 2020 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    She was such a wonderful artist. I love her work. I dig her monobrow too!

  3. Cristina Petrini
    March 4, 2020 at 2:09 pm — Reply

    I am crazy for her, for her art born of so much suffering but powerful like few others!

  4. Holly
    March 4, 2020 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    She is such a dynamic and inspiring artist. I love her work so much.

  5. Julia Hess
    March 4, 2020 at 2:30 pm — Reply

    The fact that she rocked her monobrow is amazing. Nowadays big eyebrows are the trend. So, very heartbreaking that she had miscarriages but she was able to work through her pain with her art.

  6. Mat Tam
    March 4, 2020 at 2:42 pm — Reply

    Frida is a very strong Mexican woman. Even after suffering from her terrible accident and years of pain and suffering she was able to accomplish what she has done. All the portraits and drawings work she had done really do shed some light into her complex soul.

  7. Neely
    March 4, 2020 at 4:15 pm — Reply

    She has such a fascinating life. I did a paper on her in art history in college

  8. Tara Pittman
    March 4, 2020 at 5:02 pm — Reply

    This artwork is fascinating to look at. The story was interesting to learn

  9. Natalia
    March 4, 2020 at 5:19 pm — Reply

    Frida Kahlo was an amazing and inspiring woman. We can still learn lots from her. Such a great artist! 🙂

  10. Melissa Cushing
    March 4, 2020 at 5:27 pm — Reply

    Frida Kahlo’s work is seriously beautiful and very different. I do feel that I have seen her and love the old photos included with her works of art. Very cool for sure and I would love to learn more about her life and history.

  11. F
    March 4, 2020 at 5:50 pm — Reply

    This post is a great. I love Fridas work. This post is inspirative for me. Thank you so much.

  12. Stacie
    March 4, 2020 at 8:35 pm — Reply

    I love Frida Kahlo. She led such an amazing life!

  13. Stephanie
    March 4, 2020 at 9:16 pm — Reply

    I’ve heard of Frida and seen her artwork, but didn’t know much about her backstory. It’s so inspiring to hear of those who have endured so much but still worked through it all.

  14. Marie Phillips
    March 4, 2020 at 9:36 pm — Reply

    What a fascinating life she lived and what a bold style of painting! This was very interesting.

  15. Jay Aguirre
    March 4, 2020 at 10:17 pm — Reply

    Frida Kahlo is such an incredible icon. I love how her influence and impact is still felt and recognized even today.

  16. Muk
    March 4, 2020 at 11:46 pm — Reply

    Such a wonderful artist …an inspiration. I believe Salma Hayek did a movie on her!

  17. Shruti
    March 5, 2020 at 1:18 am — Reply

    Painting is definitely one way to express emotions without words. She has such an amazing talent.

  18. Hollie
    March 5, 2020 at 6:18 am — Reply

    Wow this is beautiful. I had no idea the history of her life but it’s so interesting to look back and see. She accomplished so much.

  19. aisasami
    March 5, 2020 at 6:49 am — Reply

    Frida was such an inspiration. I learned about her paintings and about her when she was little. There was a movie about her in the past 20 years, right?

  20. Cristina Ioana
    March 5, 2020 at 7:29 am — Reply

    I loved reading this. I had some information on Freida but after reading your article I now know more. What a fascinating woman.

  21. NAti
    March 5, 2020 at 7:45 am — Reply

    Amazing woman and Artist! We still have so much to learn from her legacy!

  22. Olga Maria
    March 5, 2020 at 7:52 am — Reply

    I’ve always been fascinated with the life and works of Frida. She’s such a strong, progressive woman and I aspire to be as brave and strong as she is!

  23. Kathy Kenny Ngo
    March 5, 2020 at 9:49 am — Reply

    Frida is such an icon. Her life is really inspiring.

  24. Natalie
    March 5, 2020 at 9:54 am — Reply

    I love Frida. She’s a such a strong character. Her life is so inspiring.

  25. April
    March 5, 2020 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    She’s such a strong woman. She’s an icon and I myself look up to her! I hope the younger generation will idolize her and see what a great woman she was!

  26. Margaret
    March 5, 2020 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    What a great piece on Frida. She was quite the amazing painter and expressionist. My husband and I watched the movie about it. It was fabulous. Definitely an inspiring person.

  27. REX
    March 5, 2020 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    Omg I really love this article amd always want to know more about her! Thanks for sharing.

  28. Rin
    March 5, 2020 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    Omg I really love this article amd always want to know more about her! Amazing lady!!Thanks for sharing.

  29. Jon Maldia
    March 5, 2020 at 1:36 pm — Reply

    Frida is amazing. My daughter did a report on her and dressed up like her for her report.

  30. Nayna Kanabar
    March 5, 2020 at 2:17 pm — Reply

    What an amazing woman and super talented woman . I had not heard about her but reading this post has made me want to research more about her work. Her paintings are beautiful.

  31. Infinity
    March 5, 2020 at 2:20 pm — Reply

    Frida Kahlo is such an inspiration! She is an icon and she accomplished so much!

  32. Amary
    March 5, 2020 at 2:36 pm — Reply

    Beautiful art work. First time I’m reading about her. Sound like great and inspirational woman.

  33. Lisa
    March 5, 2020 at 3:37 pm — Reply

    Frida Kahlo is one of my favorite artists, so I love everything about this post. Her work was so profound and symbolic.

  34. Susan1375
    March 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    I love her work but there is so much sadness in it. It is intro read about her background

  35. Joline
    March 5, 2020 at 4:37 pm — Reply

    Frida is such an icon. Such a strong woman and what a fascinating life!

  36. Rupal
    March 5, 2020 at 4:46 pm — Reply

    I love reading about creative and influential women. She was a great artist. I love going through her work.

  37. Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    March 5, 2020 at 5:34 pm — Reply

    She is such a strong woman. She never let her disability and pain stop her from following her passion. Her artwork is superb. You can feel the emotions just by looking at them.

  38. Sarah Winton
    March 5, 2020 at 5:44 pm — Reply

    She is such an inspiration. I love her art.

  39. Candace Hampton
    March 5, 2020 at 6:23 pm — Reply

    She is such an inspiring artist. I have always been so curious about her. Her look is so unique. I look up to her because of how one of a kind she truly was!

  40. Whitney Morrow
    March 5, 2020 at 6:47 pm — Reply

    Ive seen her paintings, but i never knew anything about her. what an inspiring woman!

  41. Tina
    March 5, 2020 at 7:16 pm — Reply

    Very interesting.

  42. Alexa
    March 5, 2020 at 8:56 pm — Reply

    Such beautiful at work. She’s a legend!

  43. Fiona Mai
    March 5, 2020 at 9:39 pm — Reply

    Such an inspiring story of Frida Kahlo! She’s an amazing artist!

  44. Ashley R
    March 5, 2020 at 10:04 pm — Reply

    What an icon. I am always so amazed at the artwork. I am not in any way artistic.

  45. Crystal Mendez
    March 5, 2020 at 10:06 pm — Reply

    Wow! I’ve seen so much of her art around but never knew much about her. I love her now 🙂 I didn’t know about her chronic pain.

  46. Cindy Ingalls
    March 5, 2020 at 10:24 pm — Reply

    I had no idea Freida had so much suffering in her life. It makes her art all the more interesting.

  47. Christa
    March 5, 2020 at 11:09 pm — Reply

    Frida is one of my favorites! I just ordered a bunch of prints for my living room refresh. She’s such an inspiration and I love her use of color.

  48. Kristy Bullard
    March 5, 2020 at 11:19 pm — Reply

    What an amazing life story! I saw a play based on her life and it was very powerful and moving!

  49. Crickette
    March 6, 2020 at 12:39 am — Reply

    To embraces one’s true self and to acknowledge your pain. Frida is such a beautiful and admirable woman.

  50. Karen Monica
    March 6, 2020 at 1:51 am — Reply

    She is so inspiring. I love her paintings. Such a talented artist.

  51. David Elliott
    March 6, 2020 at 4:37 am — Reply

    Frida Kahlo really is very amazing. All of her work is very vivid. The library I work for has been honoring her every year with painting classes. I think it’s great.

  52. Rochelle
    March 6, 2020 at 6:47 am — Reply

    She is an inspiration. I LOVE this post. Thanks for sharing!

  53. catherine santiago jose
    March 6, 2020 at 6:51 am — Reply

    Such a marvelous and amazing arts from such a wonderful artist. Loved what you’ve doing it’s so mesmerizing.

  54. Chelsea Sauvé
    March 6, 2020 at 9:51 am — Reply

    I knew so little about Frida and her brilliant talent and life. Thank you for sharing!

  55. Melissa Cushing
    March 6, 2020 at 9:53 am — Reply

    Thank you do much for this wonderful post on Frida Kahlo. I have seen some of these pictures before but had no idea who Frida Kahlo was so I appreciate you educating me as these are unique pieces for sure. Love the inspirational story for sure so thank you!

  56. Monica Y
    March 6, 2020 at 11:23 am — Reply

    I love everything Frida, this article is so interesting, I love learning new things about Frida. Now I want to travel to Mexico to see her house

  57. Heather
    March 6, 2020 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    Frida Kahlo is one of the most incredible and inspiring artists. I enjoy learning more and more about her.

  58. Garf
    March 6, 2020 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    I never heard of her. But this is a wonderful post about the art of Friday Kahlo. Thanks for raising awareness. I learned something new today.

  59. Catherine
    March 6, 2020 at 3:33 pm — Reply

    I have always been fascinated by her life and story and her artwork is undeniably beautiful. This was a wonderful post to read through!

  60. Viano Dee
    March 6, 2020 at 3:56 pm — Reply

    She didn’t allow her predicament define her. Interesting read.

  61. Diane
    March 6, 2020 at 4:31 pm — Reply

    I love her work, so full of color and emotion!

  62. Y
    March 6, 2020 at 4:41 pm — Reply

    My daughter and I love Frida Kahlo! I first researched her for an article many years ago and totally fell in love with her. Reading this post just reminded me of why I love her art and her as a person.

  63. Laura
    March 6, 2020 at 5:19 pm — Reply

    This is such a good article – really well put together, really enjoyed learning about her

  64. Jackline A
    March 6, 2020 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    She is such an inspirational person and her life story is inspiring.

  65. tween
    March 6, 2020 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    Frida is amazing, having talent in art and being passionate in it is very remarkable.

  66. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    March 6, 2020 at 8:38 pm — Reply

    I love Frida. She is such an inspiration. Such a talented artiste.

  67. Pauline
    March 6, 2020 at 8:55 pm — Reply

    Love those portraits.
    Actually never heard of her but maybe i’ll try to research in a while. Thanks for sharing her stories.

  68. Janay
    March 6, 2020 at 11:04 pm — Reply

    O wow this is so interesting and informative. I never heard of this artist before reading this she is very talented

  69. Janay
    March 6, 2020 at 11:04 pm — Reply

    O wow this is so interesting and informative. I never heard of this artist before reading this she is very talented

  70. Sundeep
    March 7, 2020 at 12:55 am — Reply

    Faridas work is out of the world. I personally like her. She is inspiration for everyone

  71. Reg
    March 7, 2020 at 5:59 am — Reply

    Such an inspirational artist. Thank you for sharing this!

  72. Olufunke
    March 7, 2020 at 9:01 am — Reply

    I have never heard of her but I love reading about her and I’m going to research more about her. This story is very inspiring.

  73. Lavern Moore
    March 7, 2020 at 10:18 am — Reply

    I really enjoyed reading about Frida Kahlo here and your expression of her in your art is amazing.

  74. tarund
    March 8, 2020 at 4:01 am — Reply

    great article! I recommend watching the movie as well as Salam Hayek does a great job of portraying her!

  75. Nat
    March 9, 2020 at 12:32 am — Reply

    Such lovely talent. Love the deep meanings of her detailed work.

  76. Ayo
    March 9, 2020 at 10:08 am — Reply

    Got to love Frida Kahlo. I loved learning more about her through this post!

  77. Pedro
    March 9, 2020 at 12:48 pm — Reply

    Fascinating take on the legend that is Frida 🙂
    Just shows why she has such a global following!
    Thanks for sharing.

  78. Pyotr
    March 9, 2020 at 3:54 pm — Reply

    I appreciate this enlightening post. thanks for providing a cool perspective:)

  79. Mark
    March 10, 2020 at 2:11 am — Reply

    Interesting article. Interesting woman.. Thanks for sharing.

  80. Kiwi
    March 10, 2020 at 3:56 am — Reply

    I love Frida. When I went to Mexico I got to learn more about her story, I regret that I didnt get a chance to go to her home last year when I was in Mexico City but I will be going!

  81. N
    March 10, 2020 at 6:10 am — Reply

    Hi.

    I loved so much Frida Kahlo.

    A few years ago we had a great exposition in Portugal and, it was so perfect. I’m a huge fun, great post, loved to read.

  82. Kelly
    April 2, 2020 at 10:48 am — Reply

    Frida Kahlo is very confident in her art as well as her self. Not arrogance. I enjoyed her story very much.

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