• Fridamania

A short biography

Frida Kahlo is a Mexican painter, born on July 6, 1907 and dead on July 13, 1954.

Frida claimed to be born on 1910, the year of the outbreak of the Mexican revolution, because she wanted her life began together with the modern Mexico.

This detail well introduces us to a singular personality, characterized since her childhood by a deep sense of independence and rebellion against social and moral ordinary habits, moved by passion and sensuality, proud of her "Mexicanidad" and cultural tradition set against the reigning Americanization: everything mixed with a peculiar sense of humour.

Her life was marked by physical suffering, started with the polio contracted at the age of five and worsen by her life-dominating event occurred in 1925. A bus accident caused severe injuries to her body owing to a pole that pierced her from the stomach to the pelvis. The medicine of her time tortured her body with surgical operations (32 throughout her life), corsets of different kinds and mechanical "stretching" systems.

Lots of her works were painted laying in the bed. Because of these physical conditions Frida could not have children and this was devastating for her.

She had a great love, Diego Rivera (she married twice with this man and dedicated to him a passionate diary) but also a lot of lovers, men and women, such as Leon Trotsky and André Breton's wife....

It is impossible to sum up in few lines the complexity and charm of Frida's life.

Among her numerous biographies I would suggest "FRIDA. A Biography of Frida Kahlo" by Hayden Herrera and the following online resources:

Google Cultural Institute (in Spanish) - by Patricia Cordero for Museo Dolores Olmedo

Biography.com (follow the below link)

video by ProjectDystopia (1:01:15)

video by RAI ARTE  (in Italian)