Rivera, Diego

Diego Rivera
(Guanajuato, 1886 - Mexico, 1957)

Mexican painter, regarded as one of the leading figures in 20th century Mexican art as well as in mural and fresco art.

Initially trained at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City, Rivera was also influenced by his long stays in Europe – Madrid, Paris, Rome and later Soviet Union. While some of his early paintings were done in the Cubist style, he most famous works are his inspiring monumental murals, combining his skills in modern art with more traditional styles. His works include: Creation at the National Training School in Mexico, a large mural depicting the history of Mexico at the National Palace, and the Detroit Industry in the Detroit Institute of Arts. A more controversial work, Man at the Crossroads, at the Rockefeller Center, New York was ordered to be destroyed before completion because it included an image of Lenin.

Diego Rivera was twice married to Frida Kalho, another famous Mexican artist.