Today is the 106th birthday of artist/ cultural icon Frida Kahlo. Considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists, Frida Kahlo began painting after she was severely injured in a bus accident and pain continued to be a major theme in her work. Kahlo later became a politically active revolutionary and married fellow communist artist Diego Rivera in 1929. Her work is celebrated as emblematic of national and indigenous, pre-Columbian tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. As is the fate of most visionaries, she wasn’t as appreciated during her time on this earth as she was after she left it at the age 47. Her work, style, bravado, and wit, still continues to inspire around the world.
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”
― Frida Kahlo