ABOUT FRIDA KAHLO
The Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) is regarded as one of the great artists of the 20th century. She was left disabled by polio as a child. Then, aged 18 a devastating road accident caused near fatal injuries and left her with a lifetime of pain and medical problems. This event shattered her dreams of studying medicine and she turned instead to art, initially with the idea of becoming a medical illustrator. A specially- made easel enabled her to paint in bed and with a mirror placed above it she was able to paint self-portraits. Frida painted many self-portraits in her life, often showing herself dressed in the brightly coloured and decorated traditional Mexican outfits. Her work explored questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. She was also very active politically belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement.
Credits to Ashby Arts Festival