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Frida Kahlo was born in July 6th 1907 to a Mexican Roman Catholic Mother, which was of Indian Spanish decent, and to a German photographer father. Frida was born at the Blue House which was built by Frida’s father. Frida grew up looking at her father’s photography that helped her learn of Mexican History, Art, and, Architecture. Frida had three sisters –Mitilde and Adriana that were older and Christina who was younger. Sometimes her father would take Frida when he would go paint the country side, she would watch him use his paints and brushes. When Frida was six she got polio. She survived the polio but it was a long time before she would heal. Since she did have polio Frida’s right leg became weak and thin, so her father encouraged her to play sports to help her.
Frida was a very smart girl even though she missed lots of school due to the polio. She had a photographic memory, and learned to speak Spanish, English, and German. She was so smart her parents enrolled her into National Preparatory School in Mexico City. This is where she would eventually meet Diego Rivera who was famous for his murals. Frida would watch him work on his art at her school.
After school one day she took a bus home from Mexico City to Coyoacin it was September 17th 1925, this is the day that would change her life forever. The bus she was on was hit by a street car and the bus was crushed. One of the arm rails from the bus seat went through Frida’s hip and out the genitals. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance and doctors did not think she would survive. Frida’s spinal column and many other bones were broke and smashed. She was no longer able to go to school to be a doctor since the accident left her as an invalid. She was to st...


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...me immobile. Frida’s work had never been in a solo exhibition in Mexico, so finally in 1953 it was. Frida was told that she wasn’t healthy enough to go to the exhibition. She would have none of that and had her bed taken to the gallery, and Frida went by ambulance to get there. She kept painting after the exhibit and in July 1954 Frida passed away.
Frida to me was an amazing artist and courageous women. Through all the heartaches and tragedies she went through in her whole life she managed to stay strong and follow her dreams of being a well know artist and painter. Through all the surgeries and pain she still did her art. She was in my mind a beautiful and incredible artist with such creativity and heart. I wish I had half the passion she did for life as well.




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Fabiny, Sarah. Who is Frida Kahlo? New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 2013.



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