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Who is Frida Kahlo?

As you wander around the streets of Puerto Vallarta you will most certainly see and hear many references to a person known by the name Frida Kahlo.

Many cafe’s, bars and shops have some kind of artwork, picture or decorations in honour of their idol and some establishments are totally dedicated to Frida Kahlo and the whole place is adorned with colours, pictures and artwork building up complete shrines.  So who is Frida Kahlo? You may ask.

Frida Kahlo was and is still an inspiration to many Mexicans and other people worldwide. Born on July 6, 1907  Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón went on to be one of the central art figures of our time.  Frida Kahlo is loved for her iconic paintings, which were often self- portraits, and always symbolised her pain and the love she held for the artistic heritage of Mexico and for the country, Mexico itself.

Frida Kahlo was plighted with pain for most of her life after contracting polio at an early age and then sustaining injuries in a vehicle accident when she was a teenager. Yet Kahlo still managed to produce some of the most amazing portrait and abstract art that Mexico and the rest of the world have seen. Combining indigenous Mexican culture with surrealist renderings and a primitive style she has captured the hearts and souls of many people.

On July the 13th 1954 Kahlo’s life ended where it began, in her home known as the Blue House in Mexico City, but her memory lives on and the love for Frida Kahlo in Mexico is everlasting and much of her artwork and replicas can be seen hanging in the art galleries of Puerto Vallarta and all over the rest of Mexico. Many exhibitions are held around Mexico throughout the year including the latest, Frida Kahlo exhibition hosted at the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, this huge art exhibition was dedicated to the life and works of Frida Kahlo on the centennial of her birth and has drew in thousands of visitors. So no matter where you are in Mexico, whether it is Puerto Vallarta or the other side of Mexico you will be sure to see or hear the great and worshipped name of Frida Kahlo.