Frida Kahlo: Mexican Artist
When Frida was 18, she was in a terrible bus accident. Frida was hurt very badly. She broke many of her bones, including her ribs and spine. She had to stay in bed for many months to heal.
While Frida was in bed, she needed a way to pass the time. She started to paint. Her father gave her a box of oil paints. Her mother made her a special easel so that she could paint while lying in bed. Soon, Frida realized that she loved to paint.
Frida became famous for painting self-portraits. Self-portraits are pictures of yourself. Frida painted 55 self-portraits. She did not try to make herself look happier or more beautiful in her paintings. Instead, she painted herself as she looked in real life.
Today, Frida’s paintings are in museums all over Mexico and The United States. The house where Frida lived in Coyoacán is also a museum. People come from all over the world to see Frida’s paintings.
Frida Kahlo did not have it easy. She was in a lot of pain for most of her life. However, she was able to turn that pain into something good: beautiful artwork.