Born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón on July 6, 1907, Kahlo spent most of her childhood and adult life at her family home - La Casa Azul - in Coyoacan. The home is now the Frida Kahlo Museum. Her mother was a mestiza, a term used to describe those whose heritage was blended indigenous and European.
As a painter, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist and a “magical realist.” She suffered from polio as a child, and a horrific bus accident when she as 18 left her with lifelong medical problems and pain. Her life experiences were reflected in much of her art.
She is considered a feminist icon for her determination to defy stereotyping as an artist, or as a woman. A fierce woman, by all accounts, her passion was often reflected in her work and her relationships. Bisexual, her best-known relationship was a tumultuous one with fellow artist Diego Rivera.
Her work went largely unrecognized until the late 1970s, when it was embraced by art historians and political activists alike. By the 1990s, Kahlo was regarded as an icon for Chicanos, the LGBTQ+ movement, and by feminists for “her uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.” (Source: Wikipedia)
Her last years were marked by severe illness, operations, tremendous pain and eventually her death on July 13, 1954.