Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calerón in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico on July 6, 1907.
In 1922, Frida was enrolled in a National Preparatory School, making her one of few female students. On September 17, 1925, Frida & a classmate were involved in a car accident that resulted in numerous injuries calling for several weeks of recovery. During her recovery process, she found painting & used it as an outlet for her pain.
Her personal experiences, such as her marriage to Diego Rivera, her difficulties with pregnancy, & her numerous health-issues, are what she used as inspiration for her paintings. She was not only a woman of the arts, but she was very politically involved. She would often merge both passions & paint murals for the communist revolutionary movement. Her political & artistic activities caught the eye of many, & in 1938, Frida had her first major exhibition in the New York City gallery, where she sold about half of the 25 paintings shown there. Frida was invited by Andre Breton, a French writer, to live in Paris, France, in 1939. Kahlo moved to Paris & exhibited some of her paintings & quickly became friends with other artists, including Pablo Picasso. Shortly after arriving in Paris, The Louvre purchased her painting "The Frame," making it the first artwork by a 20th-century Mexican artist ever purchased by the internationally renowned museum.
In 1953, Kahlo received her first solo exhibition in Mexico. She was bedridden at the time, but that did not stop her from being there at the exhibition's opening. She arrived by ambulance & had a bed set up in the gallery to be there. This would be one of her last public appearances before her unfortunate passing on July 13, 1954, at 47.
Frida Kahlo's work broke many gender barriers & continues to inspire many artists to break stereotypes & change the status quo.