Frida Kahlo Biography - Painting Realism, Symbolism, Surrealism

Frida Kahlo was born in Mexico, in the year 1907. It was very unfortunate that an artist of such a huge talent did not survive for long. She died July 13 1957. "I hope the exit is joyful - and I hope never to return." This was what Frida had written before few days of her death.
The Artist: If we closely look at the paintings done by Frida Kahlo we would not miss seeing the use of vibrant colours. Her style of painting was strongly influenced by the local culture of her country of birth, Mexico. In her paintings, we can see the influence of European masters. Her work seems influenced by the art movements that had stirred the whole of Europe: the realism, the surrealism, and symbolism.
As it happens in many painters, art work of Frida had received no or very less recognition during her life time. But Frida has a typical reason for that. She was wife of a great painter of Mexico. Her husband Diego Rivera was a renowned painter. So during her life time, she remained an artist being shadowed by popularity of her husband.
The Art: She often said that: "I paint myself because I am often alone and I am the subject I know best." She had painted numerous self portraits. In many paintings, she had used her face as one of the figure to be painted. She had tried injecting her feelings in her paintings. It was a public talk that her marital life was not an easy going one.