Wednesday Wise Woman

Frida Kahlo

1907 – 1954 | Mexico | Painter

At the age of fifteen, Frida was accepted into Mexico’s prestigious prep school where she was one of thirty-five girls out of 2000 students. At eighteen she was involved in a terrible accident that would leave her with pain and physical disabilities for the rest of her life.

DK Books: Women

In 1929, she married Mexico’s famous writer Diego Rivera, and theirs was passionate and stormy relationship.

Without any formal art training, her work was exceptional. She painted mostly self-portraits and her pieces explored sexuality, feminism and identity.

In the 1940s she began showing her work internationally and in 1953 she held her first major solo exhibition.

Although she became bedridden, she continued to work and could be found in bed with her easel on her lap, painting away.

Frida Kahlo

Source: Girls Who Rocked The World – Michelle Roehm McCann & Amelie Welden; Women – DK Books