Viva La Vida!
Frida Kahlo was considered one of Mexico's greatest artists. Born to a supportive father and revolutionary mother, the seeds of radical change were already being planted in Frida. She began painting after she was severely injured in a bus accident. Kahlo later became politically active and married fellow communist artist Diego Rivera in 1929. She died in Mexico at the age of 47 in 1954. Artist Frida Kahlo was born in Coyocoán, Mexico City, Mexico on July 06 1907. Kahlo's dad Gillermo, was a German photographer who had immigrated to Mexico where he met and married Matilde. In 1910, Frida's Mother Matilde Kahlo helped out the revolutionaries by them to health which impacted Frida. At the age of 6, Frida Kahlo developed polio, which caused her to be in bed for 9 months. Her childhood life was different and had painful memories. Kahlo enrolled at the renowned National Preparatory School in 1922 and was one of the few female students to attend the school. That same year, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera went to work on a project at that school. Frida Kahlo often observed Diego as he painted. At school Frida also participated in a group of politically and intellectually students. She started to become romantically involved with one of them, Alejandro Gómez Arias. In 1925, Frida Kahlo and Alejandro Gómez Arias were on a bus together when the bus collided with a trolley. As a result of the tragic accident, Frida was impaled by a steel handrail through her hip and out the other side. She survived but suffered several serious injuries such as fractures in her spine and pelvis. Frida returned home still recuperating but began painting during her recovery to keep active. Kahlo and Diego Rivera reconnected in 1928. The two began a relationship again which eventually led to marriage. Frida often followed Diego Rivera as he worked off his commissions which caused them to move around a lot. Eventually Frida was saddened by his many infidelities, including an affair with her own sister Cristina Kahlo. In response to this family betrayal, Kahlo cut off most of her long dark hair into a boy’s haircut. Desperately wanting to have a child, she again experienced more pain and suffering when she tried to have a child of her own. Unfortunately she had three miscarriages and found out that she can never have a child of her own. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s relationship was never consisted and separated several times during their marriage. In 1939 Frida went to live in Paris France to exhibit her paintings for a period of time. That same year she finally divorced Diego Rivera only to be re-married in 1940 which was one year after the divorce. Yet the couple continued to live very separate lives and both became involved with other people over the years to come. Despite her personal life challenges and chronic health problems, her artistic work continued to grow and flourish. Early in 1953, doctors told Frida Kahlo that they have to amputate her leg because of gang green. Deeply depressed, Kahlo was hospitalized again in 1954 due to her poor health and failed attempt of suicide. Frida knew she was dying and wrote in her diary "I hope the exit is joyful and i hope to never return -Frida Kahlo." 8 Days Before she died Frida Kahlo Painted watermelons and at the bottom she wrote "Viva La Vida." Frida Kahlo died on Tuesday July 13th, 1954 at the age of 47. Doctors report that she died of a Pulmonary Embolism, a blockage in one or more arteries in your lungs. After Kahlo's death, Diego Rivera realized that the most wonderful part of his life had been his love for Frida Kahlo. Three years later, at age 70, Diego Rivera died on November 24, 1957 in Mexico City. Since her death, Frida Kahlo’s fame as an artist has grown worldwide. She is best known for her daring self-portraits and rebellious paintings. Frida Kahlo had several diseases as a child, a horrific tragic bus accident, and several heartbreaks leading to a lifetime of pain and suffering. Married Diego Rivera at 22 and had multiple affairs with men and women, as so did he but with women only. Despite Frida's suffering, she had the most rebellious and most daring visions which inspired her great paintings. The paintings are still being sold till this day for millions of dollars.