My interest in Mexican art stems from the Spanish course I took throughout middle school. As one of six cradles of civilization and home to advanced Meso-American civilizations as the Mayans and Aztecs, Mexican art dates back to cave painting in 5000 BC. During the 20th century, Mexican artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Jose Clemente Orozco achieved widespread and even international recognition. What is especially remarkable, however, is the few number of female artists who were able to penetrate the male-dominated art world.
I embarked on a research trip to Mexico to visit the homes of female artists such as Frida Kahlo and Leonora Carrington, study their works in galleries and museums, and uncover their legacy and mark on the 20th century Mexican art scene which remains largely overshadowed by their male counterparts to this day.