However, she always claimed to be born in the year of the Mexican Revolution, 1910, in order to link her own birth to that of modern Mexico. It was just one of the many half-truths Kahlo told about her life, some say, in order to create a myth through which she would always be remembered.
Frida Kahlo's full name was Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón de Rivera. She was born in Coyoacán, Mexico on July 6, 1907.
Frida explained that the reason why she painted many self-portraits stemmed from her loneliness and that she was the person she knew best. Her childhood house, the Casa Azul (The Blue House) in Coyoacán, is now a museum.
Usually classed as a surrealist, the artist had no special explanation for her methods. She said only: "I put on the canvas whatever comes into my mind.
A tragic bus accident in 1925 when she was 18, left Frida with a fractured spine, a crushed pelvis, and broken foot. She was to remain partially handicapped and in pain for the rest of her life.
Frida Kahlo began painting in 1926 while obliged to lie in bed during convalescence from injuries suffered in a bus accident.
Kahlo married Diego Rivera (1886-1957), the great Meixcan muralist, in 1929. They had a complex relationship defined by mutual admiration, painful separations and reconciliations. Her identity as the wife of the "great artist" was another theme in her work.
Kahlo's work and travels allowed her to become acquainted with many important figures of the age. She had several lovers, including the sculptor Isamu Noguchi and American photographer Nickolas Muray.
Kahlo's female universe is not a passive world but a world of female generative power. For Kahlo, fertilization is the symbol for ultimate love and the one single law—life itself.
Never well known during her lifetime, Kahlo's name slipped into obscurity after her death in 1954. Art historians recouped her reputation through the feminist interventions in art-historical scholarship in the 1970s.