Maria Luisa Kahlo Cardena is the half-sister of prominent Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, Frida is best known for her portraits, self-portraits, artifacts, etc. The distinctive style of her painting was inspired by nature, native folk art, and artifacts of Mexico. Her paintings represent various elements of Mexican society such as identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race. Composed of ingredients of realism and fantasy, her works were described as surrealist and magical realists. Using autobiographical elements, she painted about her experience of chronic pain in more than 5 self-portraits.
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|Maria Luisa Kahlo Cardena
|Maria Luisa Kahlo Cardena
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|Guillermo Kahlo, Matilde Calderón y González
Maria Luisa Kahlo Cardena’s Family Background
Maria was born in 1894 in Mexico to Guillermo Kahlo, a German-Mexican photographer, and his wife. Her father used to document the important architectural landmarks through photography in Mexico. Guillermo died on April 14 1941 in Coyoacán, Mexico City. Maria has one sister Margarita and four step-sisters Cristina, Frida, Matilde, and Adriana. Maria and her sister Margarita were raised in a convent. Maria died at the age of 99 in 1994 in Mexico. Her stepsister Frido, well-known painter, was born on 6 July 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico to Guillermo Kahlo and a mestiza mother Matilde Calderón y González. Frida married Rivera on August 21, 1929, who was 20 years older than her. At the age of 18, she met a bus accident that left her severely injured and her lifelong pain and medical problems. Frida died July 13, 1954, at the age of 47.
Maria Luisa Kahlo Cardena’s Career
Maria’s step-sister Frida moved to Cuernavaca in the rural state of Morelos with her husband Rivera in 1929, where he was commissioned to paint murals for the Palace of Cortés. In 1930, Frida moved to San Francisco with Rivera where he painted murals for the Luncheon Club of the San Francisco Stock Exchange and the California School of Fine Arts. After traveling to New York City for the opening of Rivera’s retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, the couple moved to Detroit, where Rivera was commissioned to paint murals for the Detroit Institute of Arts in April 1932. Two books were published about Frida in Mexico by Teresa del Conde (1976) and Raquel Tibol (1977).
Maria Luisa Kahlo Cardena’s Family Net Worth
Due to very little information about Maria, her wealth is unknown. Maria’s sister Frida’s paintings have been earning royalty even after her death in 1954. Her painting Diego and I was sold for US$34.9 million at an auction in Sotheby’s New York in November 2021, breaking the previous record of painting The Rivals by her husband Diego Rivera. Her painting The Tree of Hope, Remain Firm was sold for $19,000. Frida and her husband bought a new house commissioned by Le Corbusier’s student Juan O’Gorman in the posh locality of San Ángel, Mexico City. The house had two sections joined by a bridge. Her residence later turned into a meeting point for artists and political activists from all over the world.