Frida Kahlo Meets Instagram: 8 Artworks Inspired By The Surreal World Of The Painter
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Frida Kahlo Meets Instagram: 8 Artworks Inspired By The Surreal World Of The Painter

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By: Elizabeth Flores

January 24, 2019

Art Frida Kahlo Meets Instagram: 8 Artworks Inspired By The Surreal World Of The Painter
Avatar of Elizabeth Flores

By: Elizabeth Flores

January 24, 2019

Javiera Estrada's colorful palette is a fresh take on topics that might seem cliché: beautiful naked bodies, pastel colored flowers, and the ever-present image of uber-Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.


Artist Javiera Estrada was born in Acapulco, Mexico, in 1981 and moved to the United States in 1989. As a child, she trained to be a pianist and a violinist, but it would be in the visual arts that she found her true calling. Much like her muse and inspiration, Frida Kahlo, she conceives each piece as a self-portrait, a means of showing a part of her soul.

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Her work has been showcased in galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and is also part of private and corporate collections around the world. In 2014, she won Art Slant’s Juried Competition, was a 2015 finalist for the Emerging Focus Competition, and is the 2017 winner of the ND Awards Fine Art Category. Her first short film, The Dream, was selected in Best of Shorts at the Carmel International Film Festival.

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Her whimsical portraits and mixed media pieces show her fascination with the timeless themes of life and death. In her pieces, she explores different ways of exploring the layers between between darkness and light, feminine and masculine, and the places where these two intersect.

Her personal spiritual spiritual journey is shown in her work through the superposition of images both abstract and figurative. In her pieces, the natural cycle of decomposition is shown in all its glory, from greenery taking over the whole surface to dark browns that remind the viewer that all life contains death in itself.Frida Kahlo Meets Instagram: 8 Artworks Inspired By The Surreal World Of The Painter 3

Pain and sexuality also appear in her art; much as in Kahlo's art, tears and violent imagery appear layered with an explosion of color from flower bouquets. This violence, however, is not at all gratuitous, and doesn't appear only for shock value, but serves as a reminder of how deeply connected these two emotions -fear and desire- are in human nature.

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Her art takes us to the realm of dreams, where things, people, and ideas seamlessly cross over boundaries and frontiers, where these dissolve and become a transparent membrane that eventually dissolves in a world made of colors, emotions, and raw feeling.

Check more of Javiera’s art in her Instagram or her website.

All the photos: @javieraestradaartist

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