Artist Frida Kahlo's self-portraits have been made into your new favourite emoji

When texting, do you ever sigh and think to yourself “this message could really do with a Frida Kahlo emoji”? Well, fear no more because all of your Kahlo-inspired technological dreams are now a reality.

Out of Kahlo’s 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits, making her the perfect subject for a set of emoji. They come courtesy of LA’s Cantor Fine Art gallery, and are designed by Sam Cantor.

Swipe to learn about the painting this #FridaMoji is based on. #brokencolumn

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Cantor runs the gallery with his father, and asked their Instagram followers which artists they’d like to see emoji-fied (yes, we’re aware that’s not technically a word).

He designed some seriously cute emoji of the likes of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Seeing as Kahlo seemed to whip up the most excitement, he decided to make her a dedicated set of emoji in partnership with the Frida Kahlo Corporation.

There is a #FridaMoji for every situation. Tag a friend whose bs you are sick of hearing.

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It was by no means a simple process. Cantor told Artsy that the main problem they faced was doing the artist full justice.

He said: “How do we express that Frida is more than just a unibrow and a flower crown?”

He’s successfully achieved this by using some of Kahlo’s most famous self-portraits as a jumping-off point. Pieces like “The broken column” and “Self-portrait with thorn necklace and hummingbird” are given the royal emoji treatment.

Swipe to learn a little about the painting this #FridaMoji is based on. #necklaceofthorns #hummingbird

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Beatriz Alvarado of the Frida Kahlo Corporation told the website: “We both wanted to channel her voice into everyday life – and, in particular, to connect millennials and centennials to her work.

“Working with new technologies, like emoji, felt like a powerful way to do that.”

They accept that not everyone will be entirely on board with this way of representing the artist, but Alvarado says: “We want to express that Frida and her work represent change, free will, self-expression, and individuality, and I can’t imagine that she would have objected to that.”

FridaMoji is now available on the App Store, and says it is: “35 Emoji including a mix of animated gifs and static emoji capturing a wide range of Frida’s passion and iconic work.”

Insert suitably excited FridaMoji here.


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