Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Artist of the Month: Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera is our artist of the month!  

Diego Rivera was a painter and muralist born in Guanajuato, Mexico. He is now thought to be one of the leading artists of the twentieth century! Rivera began drawing as a child. He studied art at the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts while in his teens and then traveled to Europe to live and work on his art. He had some success as a Cubist painter, but the course of world events would strongly change the style and subject of his work. Inspired by the political ideals of the Mexican Revolution (1914-15) and the Russian Revolution (1917), Rivera wanted to make art that reflected the lives of the working class and native peoples of Mexico.  Rivera painted several murals in the United States. Some of his works created controversy, especially the one he did for the Rockefeller family in the RCA building in New York City.   Rivera died of heart failure on November 24, 1957, in Mexico City, Mexico.

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