TheOUTfront is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month by spotlighting one of the greatest surrealist painters Mexican born, Frida Kalho (1907-1954). Though famously married to muralist Diego Rivera, Kalho had numerous relationships with women including her husband’s mistresses and American painter Georgia O’Keefe. Stricken with polio at age 6 and a near fatal bus accident at 18 left her in constant pain and illness throughout her life.
The accident ended her dream of becoming a doctor but leader to medical illustrations and eventually painting. Extended periods of recuperation allowed her to paint on an easel with a mirror that reflected her life. “To begin again, painting things just as I saw them with my own eyes and nothing more,” as Kalho said. She became famous for her many self-portraits.
Kalho’s painting Two Nudes in a Forest (1939) reflects her love of women.
As with many artists, Frida Kalho’s artistic reputation, recognition and value grew significantly posthumously, especially during the 1970’s when she became an icon of the feminist and LGBT movements.