Unquestionably one of the strongest voices the art world has ever seen, Frida Kahlo transcended all limitations, every barrier and became an international icon. However, she was sick with polio at age 6 and spent much of her childhood being bullied because of her physical limitations. A few years later she was in a major accident that nearly killed her and left her once again recuperating and with even more physical challenges than ever before. Despite her health issues, despite her meager beginnings and every obstacle that stood in her way to achieving success, she fought back in those solitary moments she was confined to her bed. She picked up a brush, dipped it in paint and quite literally painted who she was — Frida. The artist conquered illness, disability, financial constraints and most famously, gender-biases. Her work was exceptional because it bore her soul, took the pain she went through and projected it boldly out into the world as if to say, “Life can be extremely painful but I continue to stand up to it.” The bravery of her images are haunting reminders and empowering statements of what happens to a creative spirit; yes it gets beat up, but ultimately it can never be extinguished.
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I'm David Carus. From overcoming one of the most dangerous cities in the country and graduating from one of the most prestigious colleges in America to leading an educational movement as a teacher and running for Congress at the age of 25, I decided the best hope our world has is through art.