Frida Kahlo often included monkeys in her paintings, as in this 1938 self-portrait, portraying them as friendly protective pets rather than symbols of lust as believed in Mexican folklore. (Photo: Albright-Knox Art Gallery/CORBIS)
Artist Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907, in Coyocoán, Mexico City, Mexico.
Considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists, Frida Kahlo began painting after she was severely injured in a bus accident. Kahlo later became politically active and married fellow communist artist Diego Rivera in 1929.
She exhibited her paintings in Paris and Mexico before her death in 1954.
Hundreds of people paid their last respects to Frida Kahlo in 1954 as her body lay in state at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City with a communist flag draped over the coffin.
Image: Frida Kahlo greets Leon Trotsky and his wife Ruth and provides safe harbor for the exiled communist leader at her ‘blue house’ in Mexico. (Photo: Bettmann/CORBIS)
Frida Kahlo’s fame has increased immensely since her death as her image, art and life are celebrated in books, movies, and even look-alike competitions.
Kahlo used surrealism, realism, and traditional Mexican elements in her paintings.
While enrolled in a premedical program at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria in Mexico City, Frida met her future husband, famed mural painter Diego Rivera.
Frida traveled with her husband, artist Diego Rivera, when he went to New York to meet with Anson Conger Goodyear, the President of the Museum of Modern Art, to begin work on a series of murals.