This is a cracking short and colourful biography that covers the life of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most colourful and important artists.
At a time when it was thought that only men could become ‘serious artists’, Frida Kahlo would prove that a woman from Mexico had the talent to take on the world. As a child she suffered many illnesses but nothing would stand in her way of painting. She would often paint her mood and her paintings would reflect how she felt at a given point in time. And her dreams and experiences, both positive and negative, turned into magical pieces of art. Her work would grace exhibitions all over the world and she is one of the most significant Mexican artists.
What is incredible about Frida Kahlo’s artistic talent is that she never actually went to art school, she taught herself and learned by doing. Despite illness and the views of others, Kahlo was passionate about her work and would use her personal experiences as inspirations for her paintings. In addition to becoming a famous artist, she was vocal about human rights. She campaigned for equality regardless of a person’s race or ability and wanted the poor to receive a fair wage.
The artwork throughout the book is stunning and more than fitting for a book about such a wonderful artist. As an added bonus, ten of her masterpieces are featured with accompanying text at the back of the book.
Full of can do attitude and a big dose of girl power. Frida Kahlo is proof that perseverance and determination pays off and this book is a must read for any young artist.
Recommend for 6+.