Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), an internationally known painter, created work that celebrated her Mexican culture and integrated her disability experiences.
She had polio as a child. At age 18, a bus she was riding was was in a collision and Frida sustained extensive injuries. She spent nearly a year recuperating at home and for the rest of her life she dealt with pain and fatigue. During her recuperation, she began to paint seriously. She stated: “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”