Learn more about some iconic female artists:
One of the most iconic Mexican female artists is Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo is known for her self-portraits and of her realism, symbolism, and surrealistic art style. Kahlo was born on July 6th 1907, in Mexico City, Mexico. Her art began after she was severely injured in a bus accident. Kahlo incorporated her life into her work, such as her injuries, miscarriages, indigenous roots, and her husband (Diego Rivera). Her work reflects life and the beauty of Mexico.
Judy Baca is a Chicana artist born on September 20th, 1946, to Mexican – American parents. Baca’s murals helped her gain recognition in her early years as a high school teacher. She utilized mural painting to bring together students and community members as there existed tensions among them.
Baca’s work has left a significant impact on the Latino community, which is still ongoing to this day. One of her murals is Mi Abuelita , which illustrates a grandmother with her arms outstretched for a hug. This mural is important and significant as it was also painted by rivaling gang members, which surprised city officials. Baca’s other murals would shift Chicano and Latino culture.
Olivia Peguero is a Dominican artist who focuses on contemporary landscapes and botany. She was born in Las Salinas, Barahona Province, in 1961. Her art style was first influenced by Dutch painters and the love of the physical beauty her country. Peguero’s work is important as viewers can escape and appreciate Caribbean beauty. Her efforts in providing back to her community is seen through her organization of the Art Books for Education Project, where young kids are given the appropriate tools needed to enter the art world.
Graciela Rodo Boulanger
Graciela Rodo Boulanger is a Bolivian painter born in La Paz in 1935. Her parents introduced her to the arts, and encouraged a creative outlet. Boulanger’s signature art is known for her depiction of children. Boulanger has had her work displayed at UN Assembly and with UNICEF. The latter chose her in 1973 as the official artist for the International Year of the Child. Boulanger’s work has been shown all around the world, which is a great celebration for a fellow Latina artist.