Hispanic Heritage Month: Frida Kahlo

2 10 2009

Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15-October 15. It celebrates the anniversary of independence for five Latin American Countries- Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18.

This week it’s Frida Kahlo.

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 Who she was: renowned and very talented Mexican artist

Brief Bio: Born in 1907, Kahlo is recognized both for her “larger-than-life life” and her paintings. Many of them were accounts of her life.

After being nearly killed during a bus accident in 1925, she took up painting as a therapeutic activity. Because of the accident , she was in continuous pain, couldn’t carry a baby to term and went through 32 surgeries in 29 years.

Kahlo ultimately developed her own style and began painting with indigenous symbols and ‘rustic’ imagery and colors. A lot of her paintings were similar to ‘retablos’- small paintings of saints created on tin, zinc or wood. Her themes were almost always about women, women’s bodies, birth, death and survival. In about a a third of her work, Kahlo herself was the subject.

In addition to her work, she is also known for her tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera. They were married twice, and both were said to be involved in extramarital affairs.

Kahlo is now an iconic status in feminist and Hispanic culture.

Source: arthistory.about.com, photo from: onechick.com

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Jamie

mochawriter.com

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