Category Archives: February 2020

Frida & Diego:  Mexico’s Most Open Marriage?

20204By Deborah Van Hoewyk

On December 8, 1886, he was born.  

On July 6, 1907, when he was 20, she was born.

In 1914, as World War I began, when he was 27, painting and studying in France, and she was 7, she contracted polio. 

In 1922 in Mexico City, when he was 37 and painting his mural La Creación in the Simon Bolivar auditorium at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria, and she was 15 and a student studying medicine there, she saw him.  

On September 17, 1925, in Mexico City, when he was 38 and she was 18, she was badly injured in a bus accident.  During her convalescence, she began to paint.

In 1928, when he was 42 and she was 21, their paths crossed at a party thrown by the Italian photographer Tina Modotti.  

On August 21, 1929, when he was 42 and she was 22, they married.  Her mother didn’t think much of the relationship, calling them “the elephant and the dove.”  

On November 6, 1939, when he was 52 and she was 32, they divorced.  

On December 8, 1940, his 54th birthday, and she was 33, they remarried.  

On July 13, 1954, when he was 65 and she was 47, she died.

On November 24, 1957, when he was 70, he died in his studio of heart failure.   Continue reading Frida & Diego:  Mexico’s Most Open Marriage?

The “First Couple of Mexico”

20206By Julie Etra

A very famous Mexican pareja (couple), known as the “first couple of Mexico,” Benito Juárez and Margarita Eustaquia Maza Parada, later known as Margarita Maza, were legendary for their closeness and affection for each other. Much is known about Juárez, an orphan and native Oaxacan who only learned Spanish at age 15, but less about the woman who supported him and his presidency, and who bore 12 children by him, only seven of whom survived to adulthood.  Continue reading The “First Couple of Mexico”

The Spirit of ART

20208By Tirza Bonifazi

Art Show Opening

February 28, 6:30 pm 

Villa Montecarlo @ Cosmo Residences

Arrocito, Huatulco

Open to the public

Jim Spicka established himself as a painter in 2010, drawing inspiration from the life and landscapes of the coast of Oaxaca, and two years later, with his wife Mary, he organized an art exhibition with the participation of other Huatulco-based artists, that ended up being an annual event. His death in 2018 left a void in the local art scene.  Continue reading The Spirit of ART