Quotes by Artist Frida Kahlo


“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”

“The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”

“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”

“Painting completed my life.”

“My painting carries with it the message of pain.”

“I paint flowers so they will not die.”

“I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”

“They are so damn “intellectual” and rotten that I can’t stand them anymore….I would rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those “artistic” bitches of Paris.”


“Really, I do not know whether my paintings are surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the frankest expression of myself.”

“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of ‘madness’. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint: pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s – my madness would not be an escape from ‘reality’.”

“I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.”

“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”



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