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Diego Rivera

Painter Diego Rivera

Full Name: Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez
Profession: Painter


Biography: Diego Rivera was the leading painter in the Mexican "Muralist Movement". His major works include "Man, Controller of the Universe", "Detroit Industry" and "En el Arsenal".

Rivera's art reflected his strong political views, he became a member of the Mexican Communist Party till his expulsion in 1929. Rivera traveled to Russia to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Russian revolution and hosted Leon Trotsky in Mexico. Rivera's murals, done in fresco in public places for the people and reflect their historic and social concerns.

Diego was married twice to fellow Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and their relationship was famously tempestuous. Diego himself was a major influence on Kahlo's own artistic development

Born: December 8, 1886
Birthplace: Guanajuato, Guanajuato, México

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: November 24, 1957 (aged 70)

Married Life

Historical Events

  • 1925-04-26 Artist Diego Rivera resigns from the Mexican Communist Party
  • 1931-12-22 Retrospective show of Mexican artist Diego Rivera opens at The Museum of Modern Art in New York
  • 2018-05-10 New record auction price for a Latin American artwork of $9.76 million for Diego Rivera's "The Rivals"

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