Holding Diegito By Victoria de Almeida Frida Kahlo (1907�1954) was an internationally popular Mexican painter. She used vibrant colors in her paintings that often dipicted the indigenous cultures of Mexico but most of her works were self-portraits. I am intrigued with Frida Kahlo for many reasons. Obviously, I relate to her in that she was a female Hispanic artist, but also because she embraced the naturalness of her body, allowing her facial hair to be what it was. I love her use of color and adornment in her work as well as in her personal dress. She married Mexican muralist Diego Rivera but was enable to have children due to an accident in her youth that left her in chronic pain. At one time, she did become pregnant with a boy but she miscarried. She suffered terribly with the loss and was to refer to the lost baby as "Mi Dieguito" or "My Little Diego". I painted this piece to put Frida's son back into her arms, to give her what she so longed for, a child and a sense of peace.
Victoria de Almeida www.VictoriaDeAlmeida.com
February 5th, 2012
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