“Who needs feet when
I’ve got wings to fly”


FRIDA KAHLO, or MAGDALENA CARMEN FRIDA KAHLO CALDERÓN, was born on July 6, 1907 in the Mexico City home owned by her parents since 1904, known today as the Blue House. Daughter of Wilhelm (Guillermo) Kahlo, of German descent, and of Mexican Matilde Calderón, Frida was the third of four daughters of whom her two sisters, Matilde and Adriana, were the eldest and Cristina, the youngest.

At the age of six Frida fell ill with polio, causing her right leg to remain shorter than the other, which resulted in bullying. Nevertheless, this setback did not prevent her from being a curious and tenacious student. She completed her high school studies at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria.

At the age of 18, on September 17, 1925, Frida was in a tragic accident. A streetcar crashed into the bus she was traveling in. The consequences to her person were terrible: several bones were fractured and her spinal cord, damaged. While she was immobilized for several months, Frida began to paint. Afterwards, she formed relationships with several artists, including the photographer Tina Modotti and the already renowned artist Diego Rivera.

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