Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Frida Kahlo, Another Interesting Personality

Until I started doing my art work, I had never even heard of Frida Kahlo.

Born in 1907 – died 1954, Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo was a Mexican painter, and perhaps best known for her self-portraits. At the age of six, Frida developed polio, which caused her right leg to appear much thinner than the other. It was to remain that way permanently.

Later, Kahlo had a marriage with the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. She suffered lifelong health problems, most of which resulted from a traffic accident during her younger years. These issues are perhaps shown inspired in her works, many of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."

One of the interesting benefits of what I do in my art work is when I look at who I want to do next, I many times run across new personalities that I know nothing about and learn a slew of facts that really add a needed flair to my art. Somehow it helps me to capture an overall feel for the look I want to convey when I read some background on the character. In other words, I really not only create, but I really learn something too, and that makes what I do all the more enjoyable!

You are quite the interesting character Frida!


D7ana said...

The FK work I admire most is the portrait of herself giving birth to herself. Eyeopener for sure. Part of an incomplete truth, IMO. People are created in part by the world they live in.

Then again, she just shows the "mother" - herself - so she does not address the "father" in that photo.

Uneekdolldesigns said...

She most certainly had some interesting views on life, especially concerning herself. She is a most intricate personality indeed!