Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico
Favorite mediums: Oil Paint on Canvas
Styles/Periods: Naïve Art, Modern Art, Surrealism, Magical Realism, Symbolism, Naturalism, Primitivism, Social Realism, and Cubism.
Frida was born on July 6, 1907, in Coyoacán, Mexico and died July 13, 1954, in the same city. She was in love with life itself and lived her life to the fullest that she possibly could. At the age of 16, she was involved in a bad trolley accident, leaving her bedridden for a significant portion of her life. Frida’s father would buy her canvases and paints. She had a mirror over her bed and mostly paint self-portraits.
Painting and art truly gave Frida a reason to live and a way to express herself. Frida mainly painted from her direct experiences, and often in a Naïve art style that posed powerful questions about identity, gender, and postcolonialism in Mexico.
Frida’s works are commonly labeled under periods and styles such as Naïve Art, Modern Art, Surrealism, Magical Realism, Symbolism, Naturalism, Primitivism, Social Realism, and Cubism.
Frida also painted things that most women wouldn’t dare to even talk about. One of her most famous paintings, Frida and Cesarean Operation, 1932, depicts a miscarriage she had, and the subsequent pain it caused her.
Frida was a modern woman, and some would even say scandalous. She discreetly had many love affairs, both casual and serious, involving mostly men, but occasionally with women too. However, the love of her life was, and always would be, fellow painter Diego Rivera. She married Diego in 1929, and were together until 1939. A year later they decided to remarry in 1940, and remained so, until her eventual death in 1954.
The cause of their marital separation was mainly due to Diego’s constant love affairs. Extramarital affairs were not entirely uncommon among Mexican men at the time, so Frida was simply expected to deal with it, as would any other Mexican woman.
Without a doubt, Diego was definately the love of her life, but their relationship was nowhere near perfect. He caused her tremendous pain with his affairs, and the one that cut the deepest involved her own sister, Christina! It hurt Frida so much because Christina was her favourite sister, the one she “loved the most”.
Ironically, Diego was also very jealous when Frida decided to have her own lovers, even when they were separated. In general, Frida’s relationship and love for Diego was always a focal point of her artwork.
Although Frida was plagued by physical pain, and had many surgeries during the course of her life, she refused to let it stop her from living.
Frida lived in the US for a short time to support her husband and his growing career. In later years, she even returned to the US and traveled to France for her own work. Upon her return, Frida became an art teacher at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura in Mexico.
Frida’s first solo exhibition in Mexico, took place in 1953. At this point, Frida could not physically get out of bed anymore, so they decided to take the entire bed to the exhibition!
This would be Frida’s only exhibition in Mexico due to her deteriorated health, and she passed away in July 1954 at the age of 47. Her last known painting is said to have been done just 8 days before her death. By far it has become her most famous, “Viva La Vida,” (Long Live Life) is considered to be her tribute to life due to its vibrancy in both color and subject.
” I believe in embracing “Art in All Forms”. Art is all around us, and sometimes you just need to slow down and take a closer look. Art carries many stories and has always been an integral part of human history. It is continuously evolving, changing and adapting to the world around it—Just like human beings, or any other living organism.
I created this blog to build a community to help budding and experienced artists connect, grow and create together. It’s a place where artists can learn and share information, and to keep art meaningful in there lives. Whether it’s going to a museum to observe art, tips on how to improve one’s skills, or simply answer the question, “Where do I even start?”
During my studies, I chose to hone and refine my skills through constant learning, experimentation and practice. I have over 10 years of experience, with a background in painting, sculpture, printmaking, art history and architecture. Recently, I have started to explore photography as well.
I truly believe that we are all born artists and simply forgot…it is never too late to re-start, it is never too late to remember that you are already an artist.”
— Mirsada Simon
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