Members of the Naperville Art League pay homage to Frida Kahlo with the gallery exhibit “Viva la Vida, A Tribute to Frida” on display at the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery, 508 N. Center St. in Naperville. Original works by members of the Naperville Art League pay homage to artist Frida Kahlo.
Artwork from the gallery is available for sale along with many unique items from the gift shop. The opening hours of the gallery are Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until July 24. Entrance is free and open to the public. Naperville Art League is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Visit www.napervilleartleague.com.
The exhibit is in recognition of the much-publicized “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” exhibit at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage from June 5 to September 7. 6, 2021. For information and secure tickets, go to theccma.org/frida-kahlo.
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century, was a self-taught, internationally recognized Mexican painter known for her numerous portraits and self-portraits as well as for her works inspired by nature, artefacts of Mexico and the culture of the country. She was a feminist, a fashion icon, a political activist and the subject of the film starring Selma Hayek titled “Frida”. Her life was strewn with tragedy and pain as she endured polio, a near-fatal bus crash that left her with lifelong pain, multiple serious surgeries and bitter death. Her husband was the famous artist Diego Rivera. She often chose flamboyant clothing with lots of patterns and colors, favoring traditional Mexican native clothing. She was a pioneer in many ways.
According to Frida, A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera, eight days before her death, Frida finished her last painting by adding her last salvation to life, “Viva la Vida”, which means “Living life” or “Hurray for Life. “