Many people use art to express themselves or to help get through hard times in their life. Many think that Frida’s paintings were those of her dreams – but in fact they were not. She painted her life, not her dreams. I imagine she had different dreams for her life.
Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist extraordinaire, was born and raised in a famously blue house (La Casa Azul, now a museum). She suffered from a number of physical ailments, some due to the polio she contracted at age 6, and others to the horrific bus accident she endured at 18. Her pain and isolation informed much of her work; she’s most well known for her self-portraits. Kahlo also is known for her advocacy on the part of women and indigenous people, and for her marriage to the famous painter and muralist Diego Rivera. Read more about her on wikipedia.
Artists teach important lessons beyond the pages of our sketchbooks. Frida, having lived through so much physical pain in her life teaches us much about perseverance. Even through all the pain (and over 30 surgeries) in her life, Frida still dressed herself in beautiful clothes, wore rings on her fingers and is now famous for all the flowers, ribbons and bows she wore in her hair.