Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a mexican painter, perhaps best known for her self-portraits. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous
tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.
She suffered lifelong health problems, many of which derived from a traffic accident during her teenage years. Using personal experiences, including her marriage, her miscarriages
, and her numerous operations, Kahlo's works are often characterized by their suggestions of pain.Of her 143 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."