116 years ago today a woman was born who with her work and life continues to inspire millions of women around the world – artists and non-artists alike. Of course we are talking about Frida Kahlo, one of the most important painters of the 20th century and certainly one of the most famous figures in the world.

With her art she explored issues such as identity, gender, social classes, race, colonialism and many other issues that concern us to this day. At the same time, with her life she questioned the stereotypes and the “shoulds” of the time and lived freely, without compromises, until the last moment of her life.

A woman who refused to be a victim

In 1925, 18-year-old Frida Kahlo was returning from school when a car collided with her bus, killing several passengers and seriously injuring herself. This accident marked the life of Frieda, already suffering from polio for many years, she was forced to undergo dozens of operations, give up her dream of becoming a doctor and become bedridden.

It was then that she discovered her love for painting, after being stuck for months art was her only solace. In fact, she had declared: “The accident and the lonely period of recovery made me want to start all over again, to paint things exactly as I see them with my own eyes and nothing more.”

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