Frida – sara_montoya_art

Why did you pick this picture?

I’ve recently been turning towards digital art and exploring with different techniques. Overall, this is my favorite piece from all of my experimentations. I feel like it reflects a lot of me as a person as well, especially thorough the subject, the style and the colors. I am very proud of it, and I think that it is very important to have a personal connection to and pride of your own art. She is one of my biggest role models and inspirations, so I wanted to create a sort of ode to her by making this piece. I feel like she herself is a work of art, which I wanted to express through this piece.

Where did the idea for this art come from?

I am currently taking the IB Visual Arts program at school, where the course involves a huge amount of research about different artists. Growing up, Frida Kahlo had always been my favorite artist and I took this opportunity to learn more about her in depth. I read several books about her and have committed her story to heart. 

I offer all of these for sale through social media and my Etsy shop in order to raise money for charity, specifically the Malala Fund so that girls around the world to have access to an education! I am incredibly lucky to have the means to produce art, and feel that is important for me to use it to give back to those that may not have the same opportunities.

What does this art mean to you?

To me, Frida is a symbol of hope, strength, bravery and resilience in the face of oppression. She was bold, unapologetic, honest and passionate – everything I hope to be. Through the course of her life, she experienced insurmountable obstacles and setbacks, all of which she faced head on with incredible grace. She was unafraid and used her art to explore her reality and comprehend the world around her. 

Therefore, to me, this piece is an attempt to embody this immense perseverance and everything she represents to me. 

Also, as a Latina woman, I look up to her as a cultural icon and relate to her on several cultural aspects, hence the patterns and designs I include to portray the richness of our cultures.

What can you tell us about yourself?

I am an 18 year old girl from Colombia, currently living in Spain. I have moved around different countries my entire life, which has allowed me to get to know a wide variety of artworks and cultures. Some of my biggest passions include art, literature and feminism, as well as any type of social work.

My goal in life is to spread joy and color to those around me! I will be studying at Brown University, where I hope to incorporate all of these passions into a fruitful career.

What more can you tell us about your art?

I have loved art from as long as I can remember. I have been drawing since I was three years old and my journey with art has been incredibly varied. I love trying out different styles, techniques and mediums, which is why I have produced a vast array of artworks. I make all sorts of products, such as bookmarks, stickers, digital prints, paintings, original artworks, photography and coloring pages.

To me, art is the most powerful form of self expression as well as something that provides me with immense catharsis. With my photography I often explore subjects that are important to me, such as feminism me, but my more abstract pieces (patterns, mandalas, etc) are a way for me to practice mindfulness, relax and release my anxiety.

Drawing helps me focus and put my energy into creating something that I enjoy and hopefully brings some beauty and color into other people’s lives.

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