Frida Kahlo Self-Portraits
Frida Kahlo was born in Coyoacan, Mexico in 1907. Her father was an artist, and he taught Frida how to paint when she was a little girl. When she was 7 years old, she was stricken with polio and had to stay in bed for 9 months! That’s when Frida taught herself how to draw. Drawing saves her from being sad.
When Frida was only 18 years old, she was in a terrible bus accident which left her in constant pain for the rest of her life. The Accident, 17 September 1926
After the accident, Frida found the courage to live by painting. She painted the things that were important to her - special days, dreams, and the world of her imagination. When she was in pain and couldn’t leave her bed, she painted in bed.
Frida painted lots of pictures of herself. She often used vivid colors in honor of native Mexican culture. Sometimes, she would put her favorite pet monkey or dog in her paintings with her!
"I paint self portraits because I am so often alone. Because I am the subject I know best. "
A portrait an artist makes using himself or herself as a subject.
Faces come in many different shapes… Noses… Eyes… Mouths… And ears