Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) is one of the world’s most recognisable painters. Her Surrealist paintings were greatly influenced by her Mexican culture as well as the culture of the indigenous people of Mexico (her mother was of Spanish and Mexican-Indigenous decent). Kahlo is famous for her rich use of colour and her various self-portraits. Explaining why she was so often the subject of her own art, she said:

“Because I am so often alone….because I am the subject I know best.”

Kahlo’s vision resonates because of her searing insight into her own humanity, her fierce femininity and defiant attitude towards the morals of her day.

Read more about Kahlo’s life and art at


  3. The Two Fridas (1939). Via: godsartistinresidence.blogspot
  4. Self Portrait with Monkey -1938. Via:

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