Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was a creative genius, an intellect who was ahead of her time, a strong woman who was unabashedly herself and unafraid to show her true colors, her rawness and vulnerability with the world. Yet the same time, there was another piece to her beautifully complex artistic realm where the enlightened yet tormented muse intensely connected with the natural world. A place where plants and animals represented innovative scientific, worldly and personal themes and personal connections.*****
Mexican painter and fierce fashionista Frida Kahlo showcased an assemblage of stylish fashion as frequently as she displayed provocative artwork. Fifty years after her death, Kahlo's sealed wardrobe has been pried open, revealing pieces: beautiful Tehuana dresses, cat-eye glasses, contoured corsets and much more.*****
Can you imagine legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo walking through the streets of New York City, almost as if she was a vibrant Mexican painting that came to life - merging the past within a contemporary backdrop? Award-winning, Mexican-American cartoonist and illustrator Felipe Galindo/Feggo is bringing these illustrations to life with his "Frida Kahlo's New York" an exhibition at The Mark Miller Gallery this May.*****
How do you find the extraordinary in the ordinary? What makes a performer truly come alive on stage? After recently watching Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born, singer, dancer, artist and storyteller, Migguel Anggelo perform "Between Dreams / Entre Sueños" to a sold-out crowd at Joe's Pub at the Public in New York, I was reminded of how life can imitate art and art can imitate life.*****
In this week's episode of "Nuestra Belleza Latina," the beauties had to take a backseat to the many guests that appeared throughout the show.*****
Romeo and Juliet, and Tristan and Isolde are accessible (fictional) examples that may come to mind, but the history books –and succeeding web pages– are lush with examples of Latin couples who’ve affected history by being revolutionary, dynamic, passionate, and/or the talk-of-the-time.*****
"She had the courage to paint women's pain, which must never be revealed in patriarchal warrior societies. Yet she was true to her longing, as a female, to create beauty even out of an imperfect female body. Viva Frida! I visited Casa Azul, and everything I see and read about her still touches the deepest core of my feminine soul," said Gloria Bertonis, a fan of Kahlo.*****
Coyoacan-born artist Frida Kahlo moved in surrealism and magic realism - though she once stated, “I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” She created paintings that celebrated Mexican, Amerindian and indigenous tradition, while at the same time capturing her sorrow, her honesty and her hope. To understand her work is to understand her life.
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