Frida Kahlo, a popular Mexican painter affected by a disability, who faced her complicated health issues making the best out of it: she transformed her condition into a world of art, populated by a special and unique painting technique.
As it always happens when studying popular people’s bios, affected by a disability, we tend to enphatise the hero- side of the artist, leaving out the dark, tough side of it. In this instance, Frida Kahlo, her physical condition was hidden by her great ability to transform pain and sufferance in masterpieces, appreciated all over the world.
Her life was tough and cruel, populated by pain and great emotions that made her suffer from depression, social isolation, loosing her touch with reality around her. Her work is though the symbol of success she built up in the years – not having to be recognised neither as the one who was cheated on by her husband, nor as a symbol of disability.
Frida Kahlo was a woman affected by physical issues since she was a baby, but she managed to face this health condition transforming it into art, masterpiece, and subsequently turning her sufferance into real works of art. The pain and sufferance in her masterpieces is never desperate, yet shows intensity and weakness that belong to the human nature.
Several self- portraits, unique and rich in colour, reveil us how this hurt artist had her cornerstone in the art. She was a woman very strong, possibly had enough strength to deal with personal and health issues.
After many operations, some of them unnecessary, or trying to have 3 babies, without success, they all show her determination in dealing with a fragile body, which was a barrier to her personality and great willingness to live.
Even the relationship with popular painter Diego Rivera, that caused her more unhappiness than joy, shows the strong passion with which she dealt all adversities, turning this obsessive love into a nearly- myth of love.
In the scriptures of his diary, made in the last ten years of life, Frida talks about his passion without limits against the unfaithful husband, and only after the amputation of his right leg, a year before his death, the great discomfort appears that makes her feel unsuitable and willing to leave.