Mexican folk art prides itself on representing the culture and traditions and everyday life both past and present . Therefore it is not surprising that much of Mexican folk art is inspired by Frida Kahlo, not only her art but also her personality, her way of dressing and her habits. She has become an incredibly potent icon of Mexico.
Who was Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo was an important female artist who was born in 1907 in Mexico City. For many, she was “born a painter,”creating self-portraits more than any other subject matter. It is only fitting that her image still be portrayed in multiple media all over the world. When visiting Mexico, you will see that Frida’s image is still celebrated and adored. Folk artists enjoy re-creating her image, whether in painting, collages, folk art boxes or designs for bags and purses.
She was also known for dressing in vibrant colours and prints that would make her stand out, colors which you will still see reflected in many items of folk art today. She had an iconic mono-brow that made her unique to look at and was a charismatic and confident woman who stood her ground. In a nation where women have been oppressed, the image of Frida Kahlo is an important one. She stands for independence and power.
Frida Kahlo’s Palette
Her wardrobe allows folk artists to explore with a wide color palette, textures and media. Folk art can play around with the backgrounds. Whether it is her easel, a garden or animals, Frida lived a colourful life and that makes recreating her fun and full of possibility.
When visiting Mexico, you will be able to pick up many different portraits, objects and accessories that have the famous image of Frida Kahlo on them all produced by local folk artists. She is the perfect inspiration for folk artists who want to express the culture that is Mexico as she is one of the most powerful figures that lived in the country.