Illustration of a woman holding an umbrella wearing flowers in her hair. "I paint flowers so they will not die". Established 1938.

Throughout her short life, Frida Kahlo explored questions of identity, post colonialism, gender, class and race in Mexican society through her colorful, folk art, portrait paintings.

She had her first solo exhibition in New York in 1938 and then in Paris in 1939 from which the Louvre purchased a painting from Kahlo, The Frame, making her the first Mexican artist to be featured in their collection.

In 1953, she had her first solo exhibition in her home country, Mexico, shortly before her premature death in 1954 at the age of just 47.

She remained relatively unknown until the late 1970’s, when her work was rediscovered by art historians and political activists. By the early 1990’s, she had become not only a recognized figure in art history, but also regarded as an icon for Chicanos, the feminist movement and the LGBTQ+ movement.