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Using her own unique "folkloric" style of painting, Frida painted the diary of her life. Each painting, whether it be a self-portrait or a still life, captures a moment in her life. They reflect the emotions of her turbulent relationship with her husband, the famous muralist Diego Rivera, the life long physical and emotional pain she endured as a result of a tragic bus accident and her inability to have children. During her life time Frida created some 200 paintings, drawings and sketches related to her experiences in life. (http://www.fridakahlofans.com/index.html)
Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907–July 13, 1954), born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón; Mexican painter best known for her self portraits.
Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition are important in her work, which has been sometimes characterized as naïve art or folk art. It has also been described as surrealist... André Breton, principal initiator of the surrealist movement, described Kahlo's art as a 'ribbon around a bomb'. Frida rejected the "surrealist" label; she believed her work reflected more of her reality than her dreams.
Recovering from her injuries isolated her from other people, and this isolation influenced her works, many of which are self portraits. Kahlo: 'I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.' ... 'I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.'
...Of her paintings, 55 are self portraits which often incorporate symbolic portrayals of physical and psychological wounds. She insisted, 'I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.'" (Wikipedia)
Among her archives, unsealed 50 years after her death, were more than 6500 photographs. To Frida the photographs were important objects. Not just keepsakes but... http://www.codex99.com/photography/frida-and-the-camera.html