Diego Rivera: A Mexican Artist of Incredible Talent
Diego Rivera is one of the most respected artists in Latin American art. He came from a prestigious family and was able to travel and get the best art education and exposure possible. He was born on December 8, 1886. Because his father is a part of Spanish nobility, Diego Rivera had lived a fine life. When he was ten, he studied art in Mexico City at the Academy of San Carlos. Because of a generous sponsorship of Teodoro A. Dehesa Mendez, the governor of Veracruz, Diego Rivera had the rare opportunity to study art in Europe in 1907.
During this time, cubism was very big in the world of art and names like Pablo Picasso were all the rage. This trend influenced Rivera’s work before he got involved with Post-Impressionism.
In 1921, Diego Rivera returned to Mexico. This time he turned his attention to murals. A government program by Vasconcelos was among his first mural projects during this time, working alongside other artists like Jean Charlot and David Alfaro Siqueiros. 1922 have witnessed the completion of Diego Rivera’s first mural. This was painted in Bolivar Auditorium located in the National Preparatory School in Mexico City. Aztec influence set the works of Diego Rivera apart from the works of other artists during that time. Bold colors and large figures became his trademark of Mexican oil paintings for sale in these day.
Travelling to different parts of the globe did great in terms of exposure for Diego Rivera. During his younger years, he travelled in Europe’s key cities like Madrid and Paris to further his education. Aside from this, he was able to make a name in Moscow before he was forced to go back to Mexico after a controversial work. To add to this, he also made a name for himself in America where his works are graciously accepted.