Year 2007 :: The first large scale exhibition of Freida Kahlo's work was held

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was a famous Mexican painter and political activist of the 20th century. During her boyhood, Frida suffered from a bout of polio that kept her from having a normal childhood. However, her father encouraged her to swim and even play soccer – quite unusual for women then. In fact, Frida developed a keen eye for detail from her father who was a photographer. In 1925, she had a serious accident and suffered serious injuries. However, she did not let the event get the better of her talents. She started painting during her recovery and studied the works of famous painters. Kahlo married the famous painter Diego Rivera, with whom she had a tumultuous relationship. Although she had a rather short lifespan, her posthumous popularity among fans and critics alike has made her a feminist icon.

Here is a tribute to her life and works through a short video.

In the image: Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940)