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Artist Feature: Diego Rivera

Artist Feature: Diego Rivera

Written by:
Wendy Bonham-Carter
Feb 24, 2024

Diego Rivera is considered one of the forefathers of Mexican Nationalist art, and one of Los Tres Grandes, the three greatest Mexican muralists of all time. His murals depict scenes of everyday Mexican life, the history of the Mexican Revolution, the folklore about the founding of the country, and Mesoamerican indigenous roots of the Mexican people. He was a fervently political figure, involved in Communist causes, and with workers’ movements in Mexico.

Rivera’s murals are largely about re-establishing the identity of Mexico after its bloody 1910 Revolution that threw off the chains of lingering colonial control and put power in the hands of the agrarian masses. Rivera’s style is characterized by large swathes of bright colors, political symbolism, monumentalization of the working class, and Aztec-inspired imagery. His murals are exhibited throughout Mexico, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City.

Rivera led an amazing life, full of historical collisions and unlikely encounters. He is also a notorious abuser and womanizer, which complicates his legacy as an artist and as the husband of Frida Kahlo. He was a founding member of the Revolutionary Union of Technical Workers, Painters, and Sculptors, and a member of the Mexican Communist Party. He traveled the world and was friends with famous artists throughout America, Mexico, the Soviet Union, and other Latin American countries.

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Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera | Art by Kat Sampson

Diego Rivera
B. 1886
D. 1957

“Art is like ham-it nourishes people.”

He was also part of the Mexican-government-sponsored mural program in the early 1920s with the other members of Los Tres Grandes and was commissioned to do several murals for Mexican government buildings. His most controversial commission was for the Rockefeller Center in NYC, then newly finished. However, his positive portrayal of leftist figures during a wave of fervent McCarthyism led him to be fired, and the unfinished murals to be chipped off the wall, to global outrage. 

Buy The Not Just Dead White Guys Coloring Book featuring Diego Rivera!

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In collaboration with Kat Sampson, we present The Not Just Dead White Guys coloring book with 24 vibrant portraits, showcasing diverse artists, both deceased and living. Half are contemporary artists, including  Diego Rivera who are shaping the art scene today, while the others are important historical figures. Join us to celebrate their diverse contributions and create a more inclusive art world!

 

 

Written by:
Wendy Bonham-Carter
Feb 24, 2024