Frida and Diego Rivera

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Albert M. Bender Collection, gift of Albert M. Bender

About Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo’s life has become as iconic as her work, in no small part because she was her own most popular subject: roughly one third of her entire oeuvre is self-portraits. Her works were intensely personal and political, often reflecting her turbulent personal life, her illness, and her relationship with the revolutionary muralist Diego Rivera. Kahlo dedicated her life and her art to the Mexican Revolution and the simultaneous artistic renaissance it engendered. Her style of painting has been widely categorized; Rivera considered her a realist, while André Breton considered her a Surrealist, and Kahlo eschewed labels entirely. “I paint my own reality,” she wrote. “The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.” She identified most strongly with Mexican popular and folk art, also evidenced in her habit of dressing elaborately in Tehuana costumes.

Mexican, July 6, 1907 - July 13, 1954, Coyoacán, Mexico

Solo Shows on Artsy

Group Shows on Artsy

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Making Modern: Kahlo and Her Circle, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

Fair History on Artsy