Frida Kahlo (6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954)
She was born in Coyoacán, Mexico.
She grew up in this house with her parents and 6 sisters, during the Mexican revolution, which started in 1910. She loved to draw when she was a child, preferring to be alone than playing with her sisters.
She had polio that left her disabled when she was 6 years old and some people think that she may have had spina bifida (a birth defect affecting the development of part of the spine) as well.
She studied medicine and was going to become a doctor.
Because of a traffic accident at age 18 which badly injured her, she had periods of severe pain for the rest of her life. After this accident, Kahlo no longer continued her medical studies but took up painting. She used ideas about things that had happened to her.
Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, pain and passion, and bold, vibrant colours. Fifty-five of her 143 paintings are of herself.