6 July 1907 — 13 July 1954
After being injured in a bus crash as a teenager, and then having to wear a full-body cast for three months, Frida Kahlo took up painting to help pass the time. She drew on her personal experiences, frequently painting images of herself, and found she had a natural talent for art. She went on to become a famous painter, and is best known for her self-portraits and for her ability to express in her paintings the passion and pain of being a woman. Her love of the vivid colours and bright decorations of her native Mexico can be seen in her own clothing and, of course, in her incredible paintings.