Faces of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo, born near Mexico City in 1907, probably the most famous woman painter of the 20th century with pop-icon status claimed, “I paint my reality” and now it may be discovered.

Enjoy a closer look at the many faces of Frida Kahlo through her life, art and legacy. Reckognise the real Frida beyond the myths and legends about Frida’s life. Take a closer look at Frida’s art through the hidden stories, details and themes in her artwork. Zoom into the details and discover the tiny details and brushtrokes, up close. Explore Frida’s life – the good, the painful, and the tragic – through her art. Experience Frida’s artworks, sketches and drawings, all in one place and get on a different side to her art and discover the colors of Frida’s art, from bright greens to blood red.

Read her own words and touch an intimate view of Frida’s life through her writing, see her through the eyes of others with testimonies of influential photographers of the time and even check her clothing.

Frida Kahlo was for her massive and impressive œuvre named ‘the queen of self portraiture’, while she was also famous for her private life: married to Diego Rivera, a celebrated muralist, became friends with Trotsky. Her work brings together elements such as surrealism, pop culture, Aztec and Indian mythology and commentary on Mexican culture. In 1938, artist and poet Andre Breton organised an exhibition of her work in New York, writing in the catalogue, “The Art of Frida Kahlo is a ribbon around a bomb.” She was not as widely appreciated during her lifetime as she has since become, but is now one of the most recognised artists of the 20th century.