Elli Maanpää

Animated Painter

  • Portrait: "Frida Kahlo" Elli Maanpää. Acrylic on cardboard. 21 x 30 cm. 2021.


Frida Kahlo │ Acrylic Painting │ 21 x 30 cm │ 2021 │ SOLD

Portrait Painting


MATERIAL: Acrylic on cardboard
SIZE: 21cm x 30cm (A4)
YEAR: 2021

Original painting is SOLD // Postcards available in my shop

Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” Frida Kahlo

If you should name one iconic female artist Frida Kahlo would probably be one of the first names to come to mind, right? Her paintings were iconic. Her style was iconic. She was iconic.


Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was Mexican painter known for her self portraits and works inspired by Mexican culture and nature. Her paintings were her diary where she described her turbulent life. She was suffering from chronic pain after severe bus accident in 1925.

My portrait painting of her is based on this public domain photograph taken by her German father Guillermo Kahlo in 1926.


I learned about Frida Kahlo – her art and her life – in my teens when when I was doing a short intern in Turku City Theatre 2001. They had a play about her called “Sunnuntai-illan unelmia” in English “Sunday Night Dreaming“. I got a poster of the play and it was on my bedroom wall all trough my teens.

In 2008 I made an unforgettable trip to Mexico City and was able to visit the Frida Kahlo Museum. Not only I saw her art in person but I saw the house where she lived as a child. In my CATISM series in 2012 I made an adaptation of her legendary painting “The Two Fridas” (1939) with two cats.

Catism, cat, art, painting

Cathlo: Los dos gatos, 2012, 50 x 40 cm

I paint flowers so they will not die.” Frida Kahlo

I painted a portrait of Frida Kahlo so she will be alive for me now and forever. Thank you for being such an inspiration.