Frida Kahlo is a famous Mexican painter most known for her self portraits and surreal style. She would paint herself a lot because she knew herself best. Also, it wasn’t until Frida had been in a major traffic accident and forced to recover for several months at the hospital that this passion developed. Since she was usually bed ridden, painting was a way for her to past time and not think about the pain. Much of her work emphasizes these pain of hers, but also her feelings, emotions, personal experiences and relationships. It wasn’t until she met Diego Rivera, a famous Mexican painter before her, that she took her painting more seriously. He encouraged her and convinced her to really keep at it. Frida ended up marrying Diego, but the relationship was faulty. In some of her works she will show this; paintings of her affairs, however he also had affairs. I believe it’s because she never had seen a healthy romance that this kind of behavior appeared normal or justified. Regardless, Frida was very much a strong personality with an interesting mind.
Her paintings were all done with oil paints on canvas. This started with her mother making her a canvas and her father letting her use his paints and brushes. I find Frida Kahlo a very unique artist with a lot of talent. Although her work might seem dark or strange, I think that it all is understandable to her life. She self taught herself to paint and is honest with her desired messages or portrayals. It makes me wonder if her paintings would have stayed the same had she not been seriously injured. Would she have even painted without it? No one can say for sure, but certainly that accident had one positive and that was igniting her with a passion.