Frida Kahlo de Rivera who was originally named Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo Calderon was born in Mexico on the 6th of July 1907. She was one of Mexico’s leading painters best known for creating amazing self-portraits. Most of her works depicted themes such as identity, the human body and death. At some point she was identified as a surrealist but she denied the claims. Frida Kahlo had a tumultuous relationship with another muralist artist known as Diego Rivera whom she married in 1929 but divorced in 1939 to later again re-marry in 1940.
Kahlo’s father was a German of Hungarian descent while her mother was a Mexican of Spanish and Native American descent. In her works of art she would depict her identity and ancestry as binary of opposites. She grew up in Mexico when the country was experience sharp racial discrimination. She suffered from polio which left her with a slight limp as she walked, this condition would be with her for the rest of her life.
Frida Kahlo had a close and special connection with her father who was a photographer. She would assist him in his studio a place where she would acquire a sharp eye for detail. Frida took some classes in drawing even though she was more interested in science. Later in 1922 she got an opportunity to study at Mexico’s National Preparatory School hat was based in Mexico City. Her interest was to finally study medicine but while at the school she met with Rivera who was at the time working on a mural for the auditorium of the school.
Later in 1925 Kahlo would later get involved in a grisly bus accident that left here severely injured. She had to undergo numerous surgical operations throughout her life something that left her bedridden for most of her life. It is during her period of recuperation that she taught herself painting while also reading widely about mastering painting.
Frida Kahlo in Suzi Nassif’s Portraits
While Frida Kahlo died several years back before the modern lady artist Suzi Nassif even became to be known, Suzi would later admire the works of Frida. For this, she has had a number of her portraits inspired by the Mexican artist. One of the most notable works of Suzi Nassif that was inspired by Frida Kahlo was the portrait of Frida Kahlo herself.
In one way or another Frida Kahlo and Suzi Nassif can be said to have had difficulties in their lives as young girls while growing up. Frida Kahlo struggled with the polio disease that affected her at a young age, she would later get involved in an accident further making things difficult for her. Suzi Nassif on her part had to endure war at a very early age when growing up thanks to the civil war that engulfed her native country. All these nasty experiences led these ladies to become some of the leading artists in the world. Suzi Nassif got inspired by the Frida Kahlo art style which she said impressed her.