Our Irish friend Fin DAC has just finished up something very special in Guadalajara, Mexico.
His first venture to the country of Mexico has resulted in his biggest wall to date and features one of the most notable female painters of all time as well as an icon in her day and to this present day: Frida Kahlo.
Painted over the course of 11 days in July, to celebrate the month of both Frida’s birth and death, ‘Magdalena’ is the Irish artists tribute to a woman of strength and endurance with a fashion sense all of her own. As he stated himself: “She embodies everything I strive for in my own portraiture so it was a massive, massive honour to be asked to paint her in her homeland.”
“Even if the surrealists hadn’t been such a big influence on me in my youth, just to be able to do an official and approved portrait of one of the art icons of any century is huge. The fact that this is the biggest depiction of her anywhere in the world and that I’ve been allowed to depict her in a way that she’s never been seen before is just the icing on the cake.”
“It was important on this piece to me to have both obvious and not so obvious elements relating to the subject matter even down to the naming of the piece. Frida has been painted so many times and in so many ways down through the years, I just wanted this to hopefully stand out as something a little different.”
The mural was painted as part of the annual Despertares Impulsa event that takes place in Guadalajara, Jalisco. The brand is the brainchild of the renowned Mexican ballet dancer Isaac Hernandez and includes a whole host of cultural events including seminars, dance, performance and music.
Magdalena can be found on Chapultepec Avenue and at 150ft tall it’s almost impossible to miss