Self Portrait with Monkey and Parrot reflects a stern-looking Frida Kahlo, with attention being drawn to her thick, dark-black, knitted-together eyebrows, her trademark feature. She dons a traditional Mexican necklace, and her hair is elegantly tied up into tight braids, revealing her long, graceful neck. Behind her are hairy leaves, a significant confirmation of her love for the garden she maintained at the Blue House, where she was born and raised. The monkey and Parrot reflect the great importance she placed on animals.
The colors are bright and cheery to reflect her emotional state at this point in her life. The painting title Self Portrait with Monkey and Parrot seem to have little of the primitive symbolism as many of her other paintings.