Diego Rivera was one of modern Mexico’s original painters. He was born in Guanjauto in 1886 and died in 1957. He went to school at San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico City. Inspired by native Mexican art and by his experiences in Europe, when he studied art there between 1907-1909 and 1912- 1921. While in Europe, he became familiar with the artwork of Picasso and Paul C zanne. He painted large murals dealing with Mexican life, history, and social problems.
One of his paintings he put in the Palace of Fine Arts, which is located in Mexico City. In 1921 Rivera returned to Mexico and took a prominent part in the revival of mural painting which was initiated by artists and sponsored by the government. He was creative and bold and his statements were made quite clear through his work. He believed that art should be made available to working people and serve as eye candy, or entertainment, so in order to reach so many people, he painted his artwork onto large walls on public buildings, where everyone could see his skill, creativity, and boldness. Since his paintings mainly reflected and were about social themes, many of his murals were politically argued and caused some controversy in both Mexico and the United States. Diego Rivera was an active member of the Mexican Communist Party, and in 1927-1928 he taught in Moscow.
In 1929, he married a fellow artist named Frida Kahlo, who is now considered to have been a leading 20 th-century Mexican painter. He was influenced by her work, and included her portrait in many of his murals. Rivera also started several works in the United States, including a mural for the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1932-1933. One of his murals, also called a fresco, was commissioned in 1933 for the new RCA building in Rockefeller Center, New York City. But it was the ordered to be destroyed very shortly after its completion because it included a portrait of the Soviet leader Lenin. Diego was one of the greatest and most well-known artists, and muralists, in Mexico, and even in the United States.
... critical contributions of mural arts to public life in Mexico to show how post-revolutionary murals have been overshadowed both by the Mexican School and ... the shift from Mexico to the United States as the center of mural production in the world. Art and Identity in Mexican and Chicano ...
His work was completely what he wanted them to be, and they were beautiful, but they displayed very controversial messages and even images (i. e. Lenin).
But he will always be a well known artist and favorite for even more years to come. His work will be looked upon and stared at by many, many more people.