Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter, inspires us even when we wouldn’t trade our life for hers. Yet we find ourselves in it.
We all have hardships, at times unbearable! But if you are familiar with Frida’s experiences in life, love and health it’s easy to say ‘What an awful existence! Poor Frida, from child to adulthood! Living to die? Or dying to live?’
In fact, she inspires because of her hardships. In spite of all the obstacles, incredible physical pain and heartaches she loved life! Viva la vida! She loved celebration and loved her people.
Through her paintings she shared her realities of deep pain and sadness. But in personal and social photographs we meet the strangely beautiful and confident Frida. Her emotional and humorous letters to lovers and friends show a kid at heart and giving spirit. A daring, strong adventurous girl. Loved her family. Loved her pinche Diego. And of course her work. Not only a painter but an entrepreneur, teacher, mentor, activist, and the list goes on.
Your “Fridaness”. Some of Frida’s stories are our stories. Our tragedies and triumphs are bigger because they are our own. As fans we relate in the strength and courage we know it took us to get through trying times. The weight we lifted when our spirit felt hopeless. The rise within us to turn things around. Accepting what we can’t change and taking charge of the rest. That’s the Frida in you. We might not all be famous icons but our stories are just as important, they connect us. Share your Fridaness, share it like an icon!
The merging of La Vero y Querida Frida (Beloved) as pictured above. The merging images came together to share a story. Like Frida, I am a painter. My work celebrates life and death through art. Storytelling has captivated my mind’s eye since I was young. This led me to draw and paint. As I’ve learned with art and in life there are a lot of pretty pictures that pull you in. It’s behind the eyes, lines and colors where the stories speak. Painting has given me the ability to see that we are all strangely beautiful, differently the same, our journey has an end with a lifetime impact and we inspire by how we love life regardless of the circumstances. I find that this ability is my Fridaness.
Querida Frida is an acrylic painting I created a few years ago. It was a common Frida image I had reference, a pretty picture. But every time I looked at it I was reminded that she wasn’t just a pretty picture. I repainted her as I saw it. During the process I wondered about the end of my journey and how many stories I would leave behind. I digitally merged a current photo of myself with Querida Frida connecting us. My story is still a work in progress and hers not forgotten. Two painters, in life and death, beautifully connected.
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