10 Amazing, Inspiring and Heartbreaking Facts about Painter Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is one of the few artists who became World famous for her amazing paintings decade after her Death. She lived through numerous traumas and challenges to emerge as a stronger artist that the World knows today.

Here are some of the amazing and inspiring facts from the life of ‘Frida Kahlo’


She had polio but the World never noticed


At the tender age of 6 Frida was stricken with polio, which caused her right leg to appear much thinner than the other, which she hid through her life by wearing long colorful skirts.


She was a Tequila shots Queen


From a young age Frida challenged the status quo. Apart from playing sports like boxing, she joined a gang and fell in love with its leader. Later, she was known to party till late night and even won tequila challenges with many men.


A fatal accident and Paintings


“The Bus,” by Frida Kahlo (1929).

Frida along with her friend Alex was riding in a bus when it crashed into a street trolley car. Frida had to undergo 35 operations in her life, bear with relapses of extreme pain and could not have children.


Trauma, Agony, Solitude and Self Portraits


During the period of three months after the accident in which she was immobile, Frida made several paintings, mostly self-portraits which she made using the mirror across her bed. This led to Frida abandoning her career in medicine and becoming an artist.


Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird


In her career, Frida Kahlo created 143 paintings out of which 55 are self-portraits. Kahlo said, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” Her self portraits often include interpretations of physical and psychological wounds. Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits are considered among the finest ever created. Her most famous self-portrait is perhaps ‘Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird’


Frida married the famous painter Diego Rivera

Kahlo was a fan of the famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera. She first approached him in 1927. Rivera was impressed with her work and encouraged her which helped Frida to become an artist. They married on August 21, 1929 when he was 42 and she was 22. It was Rivera’s third marriage. People often referred to the couple as “The Elephant and the Dove” due to the difference in their size.


Frida and her Sexual Orientations


Josephine Baker, Frida Kahlo was in relationship with

Kahlo – Rivera marriage was full of multiple affairs. While Frida had affairs with both men and women. Rivera had an affair with Kahlo’s younger sister Cristina which infuriated Kahlo. They divorced in 1939 to re unite a year later. Although their second marriage was as troubled as the first, Kahlo remained married to Rivera till her death.


Death made her Immortal


Kahlo died 20 days after her 47th birthday on July 26, 1954. A few days before her death, she wrote in her diary: “I hope the exit is joyful — and I hope never to return — Frida”. Kahlo was moderately successful during her lifetime and it was only several years after her death that her work became widely acclaimed. During her lifetime she was mainly known in Mexico as Rivera’s wife, now she is popular worldwide and Rivera is known as her husband.


Her work ‘Roots’ set the record for a Latin American Piece of Art

Roots (1943) by Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was a central figure in the Neomexicanismo Art Movement in Mexico which emerged in the 1970s. Her art has been called folk art due to traditional elements and some call it Surrealist though Kahlo herself said, “They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” In May 2006, her self-portrait “Roots” sold forUS$5.6 million dollars setting an auction record for a Latin American piece of art.


Salma Hayek / Frida Kahlo


In 2002 biographical film ‘Frida’, in which Salma Hayek plays her role, grossed over $US 50 million and won two Academy Awards.

Reference ; learnodo-newtonic.com

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