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.
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.
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.
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.
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?