Diego Rivera: A Revolutionary Who Happened to be an Artist

Diego Rivera (1886–1957) Mexico’s Revolutionary artist.

Diego Rivera depicted the trials, tribulations and struggles of the people of Mexico. He is especially well known for his art surrounding the Mexican Revolution. In fact, he was emboldened during that period in Mexico’s history. His murals reflected Mexican society and the events surrounding the country’s turmoil. Located in public buildings, Rivera’s murals “spoke” to the common people on a daily basis.

Dreams Come True

Diego Rivera was born on Dec. 8, 1886, in Guanajuato to Diego and Maria Barientos. Although his parents were of modest means, they encouraged their son’s interest in painting. When the family moved to Mexico City, he began studying art at the San Carlos Academy. In 1906 he had his first art exhibit. The following year Rivera received a travel grant and set out for Spain. For the next decade he visited the great art centers of Europe. His education culminated with his own exhibit in Paris.

A Born Revolutionary

In 1921, he returned to Mexico and the revolution. The artist possessed a revolutionary spirit. During his time away Rivera had joined the Communist Party. He became a supporter of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. As a revolutionary artist, Rivera was able to focus on the plight of those struggling. His murals provided the inspiration to those fighting to carry on with their cause that transformed the history of Mexico.

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