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Frida Kahlo is an important and prominent figure that broke numerous barriers in reaching her level of success. Kahlo was born in Coyoacan, Mexico in 1907. She contracted polio from a young age and later suffered serious injuries following a bus crash when she was 18 years old. She suffered a great deal of pain but despite these events, Kahlo continued to paint and engage in her passion. She mostly painted self-portraits because she often spent time by herself since she was often left immobilized and bedridden for months at a time. She married fellow acclaimed painter Diego Rivera in 1929. In addition, because of her accident, she was unable to have children and experienced numerous miscarriages. Kahlo was influenced by Mexican culture and frequently incorporated things relating to Mexican mythology while participating in the surrealism movement of painting. In the years before her death, her troubles with her health got increasingly worse. Kahlo died at age 47 due to pulmonary embolism and even since her death, her paintings and her lives have been admired by an immeasurable amount of people. She broke boundaries that many Latina women faced and embraced her talents despite the hinderances she suffered. Since her death, Kahlo has become the first Hispanic woman to be honored with a US postage stamp and her paintings are displayed all around the world. If you want to learn more about Frida, a good biography on her is the 2002 movie Frida starring Salma Hayek. This movie beautifully depicts her passion, her strength, and her talents. Also be sure to check out the Downtown Artists Market on Anthony Street this Saturday from 9am-1pm for the Latinitas booth where we will be selling items honoring the great Frida Kahlo!

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