Friday, August 22, 2008

Art & Film: Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who gained international fame through her painting using vibrant colors in a style that was influenced by indigenous cultures of Mexico. Many of her works are self-portraits that symbolically express her own pain and sexuality.

Born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón in 1907, Kahlo used her experiences of a tumultuous marriages, miscarriages, and the many operations she underwent following a rail car accident.

She insisted, "I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality".

In 2002 actress Salma Hayek starred in the Academy Award nominated film as the eccentric painter who dabbled in bisexuality and lit the world of art aflame.

Look up the art of Kahlo and also check out the fantastic film with her art serving as great imagery accompanied by music as voluptuous and lush as Hayek, who earned an Oscar nomination for the film.

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