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Art: Latin American
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Caballero, Luis
Luis Caballero Holguín, one of the most significant Latin American painters of the second half of the twentieth century, considered his homosexuality a fundamental component of his artistic expression.
Kahlo, Frida
Bisexual Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was a masterful exponent of cross-dressing, deliberately using male drag to project power and independence.
Latin American Art
Gay and lesbian Latin American artists frequently use their art to portray their desire for sexual and political liberation, often combining traditional subject matter with personal symbols and insights to stress their longing for acceptance.
Subjects of the Visual Arts: Nude Females
While nude depictions of women appear in most cultures, on both sides of the equator, and in rich variety, lesbian artists have been particularly resourceful in their use of the female nude.
Zenil, Nahum B.
Mexican artist Nahum Zenil has consistently acknowledged and utilized his identity as a gay man to define his artistic personality.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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