Frida Kahlo de Rivera.
Mexican painter, Communist and Feminist. Well known for her self-portraits, Kahlo’s work is admired for its intense, vibrant colours and its “pain and passion”. Her work is glorified by Feminists for its honest depiction of the female experience and form.
In her late teens, Kahlo was involved in a horrible bus accident that shattered the bones in her feet, and broke the bones in her ribs, pelvis and legs; she was paralyzed. Kahlo had to undergo many surgeries, which left her bed-ridden for several days. Her mother brought her a lap easel, Frida also had a mirror across the room from her, this ignited her self-portrait work. Through all her pain she never stopped painting.
She was very outspoken and witty, she many had male and female lovers. Her life was filled with much sadness, but through it all she had fortitude, she was fearless and remained strong.
“[I am] a woman who knows what sex is in all of its forms. I slept with whomever I liked. I didn’t feel. I enjoyed the phallus in all its magnitude, and the vagina in all its delights. I have no regrets. This is how I am.”
“You did not understand what I am. I am love. I am pleasure, I am essence, I am an idiot, I am an alcoholic, I am tenacious, I am a painter. I am simply I am…You are a shit.” — Frida Kahlo, from an unsent letter to Diego Rivera.