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A Mexican woman creates beautiful art

Sarah Miner, Staff Writer

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Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter, a political woman, and a feminist during the 1900s. Frida Kahlo was a part of many things during her life. She was able to influence many women and artists and changed lives with her work.

Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacan, Mexico City, Mexico and where she grew up. When Kahlo was six years old, she was diagnosed with polio. She hated it and was mad at herself for not being able to walk.

As Frida was finishing her elementary education, she decided to attend the National Preparatory School. Not many women attended before Kahlo, so she was special. While at school, Frida met her husband, Diego Rivera. He was an inspiration for much of her art. She also met Fernando Fernandes who helped to launch her career.

When Kahlo graduated, Diego Rivera and Kahlo were married on August 21, 1929. Diego was an important inspiration for many sad self portraits of Kahlo. After six years, Rivera had an affair with Frida’s sister, Cristina. Both Rivera and Kahlo were unfaithful. In 1930, Kahlo discovered she was pregnant but miscarried which sparked more sad paintings.

Frida was also known for her self-portraits of herself. She created 143 paintings and of those, 55 are self-portraits. One of her well-known paintings was Unos Cuantos Piquetitos, the piece she created after finding out about the affair between her husband and sister. Another famous painting is her self-portrait of herself as a man Autorretrato del Uno Mismo con Pelo Picado. There are many other pieces that were very popular.

Kahlo died of lung disease on July 13, 1954, a week after her forty-seventh birthday. When Frida discussed death, she always said, “I hope the departure will be cheerful-and I hope never to return.” Frida Kahlo touched many lives with her artistic abilities.

Kahlo went through many things in her life which helped to create beautiful art. She was very relatable and took all her hard times to create stories with her art. Frida Kahlo still is very popular today; she is a character in the new Disney movie Coco and has various shops and restaurants named after her.

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