Frida Kahlo & Art Therapy

Frida Kahlo places her hand on Diego Rivera's shoulder as he signs paperwork in a black and white photoFrida Kahlo is known internationally as one of the most inspiring yet heartbroken people ever to pick up a brush. Her life, one of romanticized love, heartache and turmoil sprung from chronic pain she had suffered throughout her 47 years on earth.

Kahlo was born July 6, 1907 to a Hungarian-Jewish father and a mother who was a mestiza, mixed of Spanish and indigenous Mexican blood in Coyoacán, Mexico.

A polio survivor,Kahlo hoped to become a doctor, setting her sights on medical school.  However, at the age of 18, her initial path was shattered on a bus ride, which ended in a horrendous traffic accident.  A iron handrail ripped through her abdomen affecting her skeleton, spine and possibly even her uterus, which doctors now claim is the reason why she could never bare children.

Her medical goals had dissipated, only to be replaced by painting, a therapeutic outlet for dealing with the over 30 operations she endured during her lifetime.

At 22 years old, Kahlo married famed muralist Diego Rivera, 20 years her senior. This rocky and tumultuous, yet passionate relationship resulted in Kahlo’s emotional pain and anguish.