Latin term, ex-Votos is translated in English as “gratitude” or “devotion.”
A Catholic folk art tradition, Ex-Votos paintings has 3 parts: a scene depicting a tragedy or someone with grave illness or injury; a saint or martyr that intervened; an inscription describing the event plus giving thanks for the divine intervention.
Frieda Kahlo, the most famous Mexican female painter produced Ex-Voto after her debilitating bus accident. The images are disturbing but it is considered one of the most significant work of Frieda Kahlo. Among the collection of Kahlo’s numerous works, one can see her Ex-Voto in La Casa Azul, Museo Frieda Kahlo in Mexico City.
Ex-Votos as a style of folk art may also be seen in daily lives in Mexico. Here are pages from the menu of Cafe Chai in Guadalajara.