Honoring Female Mexican Artists

I recently found this wonderful article honoring Mexico's greatest female artists, and just had to share it with all of you! Many of us are familiar with Frida Kahlo, who was a complete game changer! In post-revolutionary Mexico, the surrealist artist celebrated indigenous heritage through her paintings – mostly self portraits – at a time when the country’s national identity was fragmented. Kahlo placed her own identities – disabled, gender-bending, bisexual, woman, and communist – front and center in her autobiographical pieces. In the decades since, her works have made her a feminist and LGBTQ icon. She’s now recognized as one of Mexico’s greatest artists and cultural icons.

While worthy of all her popularity, Kahlo’s spotlight has cast a shadow over other Mexican female creatives. Between the 1920s and 1940s, art was still closely associated with masculinity in Mexico, but Kahlo and her female contemporaries centered women's rights in their work. Kahlo receives a lot of credit for paving the way in a male-dominated world, but many of her colleagues were also barrier-breakers, who deserve praise for their work.

As such, below you will find a list of women making art between 1925 and 1954 – roughly the time period that Kahlo produced her nearly 200 paintings. The list below features talented women who came from poverty, challenged the art world’s sexism, and faced immense loss but found beauty, strength and resistance through their art.

María Izquierdo

 
 

Rosario Cabrera

 
 

Aurora Reyes Flores

 
 

Celia Calderón

 
 

To see more of these talented artists - please click here!

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