Frida Kahlo Biography

The Early Years

Frida Kahlo was born July 6, 1907 near Mexico City. When she was six, Kahlo had polio and spent nine months in bed. Once she got better, Kahlo was determined to live her life to the fullest. She was a tomboy and at school she led a group of school children in many pranks.

Tragedy Strikes Again

When Frida Kahlo was 18, she was riding in a school bus that was in a bad accident. She broke her spinal column. During her long recovery from this accident, Kahlo discovered her love of painting.

Finding Recognition

After her recovery, Frida Kahlo spent time with a group of Mexican artists who introduced her to the famous Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera. He immediately recognized Kahlo’s talent and encouraged her to continue painting. In August of 1929, Rivera and Frida Kahlo got married, but their relationship was a troubled one.

The Artist

People from all over the world loved Kahlo and her art. During her life she had three large art exhibitions. But Frida Kahlo's old injuries continued to affect her health. She was so sick she had to attend her Mexican exhibition on a stretcher. Frida Kahlo and Rivera divorced in 1939, but they reunited months later.

The Legacy

Frida Kahlo soon suffered another blow. Her right leg had to be amputated below the knee due to an infection. Frida Kahlo died at the age of 47. The last entry in Kahlo's diary read, "I hope the leaving is joyful and I hope never to return."

Source: Frida Kahlo Biography
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