Frida Kahlo

Born Jul 6, 1907

Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán, who is best known for her self-portraits. Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. She gave her birth date as July 7, 1910, but her birth certificate shows July 6, 1907.… Read More

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1907 Birth Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, a village on the outskirts of Mexico City. … Read More
…  To mask the fact that she was older than her school friends, and to declare herself a "daughter of the revolution", she began saying that she had been born on July 7, 1910, the year the Mexican Revolution began, a habit which she would continue throughout her life. … Read More


1925 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In addition to her other hobbies, Kahlo enjoyed art, attending drawing classes by her father's friend, printmaker Fernando Fernández and filling notebooks with sketches. In 1925, she began to work alongside school to help her family. … Read More
1926 19 Years Old She continued to experience fatigue and back pain throughout 1926, so doctors ordered x-rays which revealed that the accident had also displaced three vertebrae. … Read More


1927 20 Years Old Kahlo's confinement was over by late 1927, and she began again socializing with her old school friends, who were now at university and involved in student politics. … Read More
1928 21 Years Old At one of Modotti's parties in June 1928, Kahlo was also introduced to Diego Rivera, one of Mexico's most celebrated artists and a notable figure in the Communist Party. … Read More
They were married in a civil ceremony at the town hall of Coyoacán on August 21, 1929. … Read More
1932 25 Years Old …  She painted Henry Ford Hospital right after her miscarriage in 1932. … Read More


1937 30 Years Old …  During 1937, Trotsky lived initially with Rivera and then at Kahlo's home where he and Kahlo had an affair. Trotsky and his wife then relocated to another house in Coyoacán where, in 1940, he was assassinated.
1938 31 Years Old In 1938, Kahlo had her only solo gallery showing in the United States at the Julien Levy Gallery. … Read More
At the invitation of André Breton, she went to France during 1939 and was featured at an exhibition of her paintings in Paris.


1953 46 Years Old Kahlo's right leg was amputated at the knee due to gangrene in August 1953. … Read More
She wrote in her diary in February 1954 that "they have given me centuries of torture and at moments I almost lost my reason. … Read More
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