By Christine Snyder

In my opinion, no Women’s History Month artist spotlight series would be complete without featuring Frida Kahlo!  Frida was a Mexican painter best known for her colorful self portraits that explored the human body, grief, pain, and identity.  She was also inspired by nature, animals, and Mexican culture.  Her life was fraught with tragedy and suffering, and she channeled that into her work.  She became a feminist icon and a role model for women artists, individuals with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community.  Her paintings, life, and likeness have become the inspiration for films, fashion, home decor, accessories, children’s toys, and more.  I find her work to be both alluring and heart-wrenching, and it is not all for the faint of heart.  Her life is the epitome of strength and resilience.  Please enjoy these family friendly examples of her work!

Self Portrait with Monkeys, 1943

Frida kept monkeys as pets at her home in Mexico. 


Diego on my Mind, Self Portrait as Tehuana, 1943

Frida Kahlo was married to famous artist, Diego Rivera.  Her love life often influenced her paintings.


Living Nature, 1952

This painting is an example of Frida using nature as inspiration.

Frida Kahlo makes me want to put some flowers in my hair, get lost in nature, and show appreciation for the loved ones in my life.  Thank you for learning about her life and art with me!


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