Diego Rivera

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Basic Information

  • Current City: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Birth City: Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Gender: Male
  • Birth date: December 8, 1886
  • Political Views: Communist
  • Religious Views: Atheist

Bio

Diego Rivera was a Mexican painter in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was known for his murals and how his paintings depicted Renaissance themes. Rivera was well-known as he was one of the few Mexican-born painters to express this time period through their works, as it was very rare in Mexico. It is also notable that Rivera was an active communist, due to what he learned as he traveled the world for his art.
In his early life, Rivera worked in France, Italy, and studied in many art schools both there, and back in Mexico. His largest works were created as he finished his studies abroad, and returned to Mexico. Most notably, he worked on a government sponsored mural program along with many other famous artists of the time such as Jean Charlot. Here, he created his first significant mural, Creation. As he finished this painting, he began further education and continued his support of leftist thoughts and communistic views. From there, he went on to paint some of the most recognizable paintings in Mexican history.
His art is largely influenced by classical Aztec works, and more of his time, those he came into contact with at the Secretariat of Public Education in Mexico. Inspiration for the art he has created mostly came from old Maya art. In this kind of art, a story is told through only painting. Many of his radical beliefs were shown through the hypothetical stories in his paintings, such as the most prominent one: "In the Arsenal". These paintings however, also made him a controversial figure, even within his own political side. Many communist circles considered him too radical for the good of their cause. Even so, this collection of a widely hated political stance and radicalism, became inspiration for many of Diego Rivera's paintings.

Favorite Quotations

  • "If I ever loved a woman, the more I loved her, the more I wanted to hurt her. Frida was only the most obvious victim of this disgusting trait."
  • "Through her paintings, she breaks all the taboos of the woman's body and of female sexuality." (talking of his wife, Frida)
  • "Every good composition is above all a work of abstraction. All good painters know this. But the painter cannot dispense with subjects altogether without his work suffering impoverishment."
  • "Never before had a woman put such agonizing poetry on canvas as Frida did..."
  • "I've never believed in God, but I believe in Picasso."

Relationships

  • Mother: Maria Barrientos de Rivera
  • Father: Diego Rivera Sr.
  • Brother: Carlos Rivera
  • No Daughters
  • No Songs
  • No Sisters

Likes and Interest

  • Activities: Debate, political club, painting, arguing, self-admiring, and eating.
  • Interests: History, art, nature, food, communism, and Marxism.
  • Music: Classical, folk, and rock.
  • Books: Communist Theory, Chinese government books, and art gallery books.
  • Movies: Cradle Will Rock (A great movie as he is one of the stars)
  • Television: Chinese television and the Food Network.

Education and Work
  • High School: Lakewood High School
  • College/University: Various, but never stated.
  • Employer: Self-Employed painter. Sold paintings all over the world.

Photos

Paintings

Painting Gallery: Ma. del Pilar Barrientos
Painting Gallery: Ma. del Pilar Barrientos
Painting Gallery: La calle de Avila
Painting Gallery: La calle de Avila
Painting Gallery: Retrato de Angelina Beloff
Painting Gallery: Retrato de Angelina Beloff
Painting Gallery: La Era
Painting Gallery: La Era
Painting Gallery: La Castañeda
Painting Gallery: La Castañeda

Murals

City College of San Francisco - Panel 1
City College of San Francisco - Panel 1
La Historia de la Cardiología, Panel 1
La Historia de la Cardiología, Panel 1
La Historia de la Cardiología, Panel 2
La Historia de la Cardiología, Panel 2
El Buen Gobierno
El Buen Gobierno
Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central
Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central

Diego Throughout His Life

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Groups

Cocina Mexicana

This group contains many people interested in Aztec culture. More specifically, many of the pictures involved on this groups homepage, are of Aztec art. Rivera acquired most of his inspiration from this ancient tribe, and as such, it is a very relevant group to him. Also, the fact that the group's creator is based in Mexico; Rivera's home.

Don'tMess

Diego Rivera was a very liberal communist. His political views were so drastic that absolutely no one could talk to him without conversing about politics. Not to mention, his radical views also made him someone who people did not mess with. The name of this group explains it all. Rivera was one scary guy when it came to socializing.

Debate Team

As with the Don'tMess group, Rivera was constantly arguing. Though mostly over his politics, Rivera was generally a very competitive person, and argued about many other things. One day, he would yell at someone for worshiping a god. The next day, he could be critisizing someone for that person's taste in classic art.

Marxist

It is obvious that above all else, Diego Rivera saw communism as the best form of government. Marxist thinking is the base of communism, making this group very much related to Rivera. Similarly, he also spent much of his studies on this type of thinking. If there was one person who would be considered Diego Rivera's hero, it would be Marx.

Diego_Rivera

Rivera was very self-centered throughout his life, and focused on his happiness over others. This was mostly shown through his relation to his wife, which involved a slew of mistresses and "sugar-daddies". He cared nothing for a continuing relationship if it wasn't free. In today's world, Rivera would join a group praising him without question, as long as it didn't try to contradict his political statements.

LAFolkArts

Diego Rivera's paintings were very classical. They were inspired by ancient Mexico, and this group is very much about the same thing. Folk art deals with traditional, historic art, and these were the very words that Rivera created his art by. Furthermore, many of his pieces could be considered Folk Art in today's world.

Quizzes

Wich Store Is The Best For You?

I received the store Forever 21. Its contemporary style does not interest me, but its artistic style is intriguing. I do not support all types of art, but art that is often rejected, I accept. Forever 21 is not liked by many people, and more specifically men, so I particularly find it significant.

Which camp activity would you do best?

Apparently, the camp activity I would strive in, is lunch. I understand that I could eat most food thanks to my Mexican heritage, but as with most things, I take that as an insult. However, I do not really care much for other people's opinions, so I will accept that if it makes me happy. It never seemed to stop me from eating before.

Which Cartoon are you?

I was returned with the answer that I am no cartoon at all. I find this was very much deserved as I cannot stand any contemporary type of art that has been redone many times. Similarly, I absolutely despised cartoons when I was alive. Art is meant to be done on a canvas, not a screen.

What kind of novel are you

My result said I was the classic English novel. This has made me very angry at whoever created this quiz, and made me feel as though it is very inaccurate. I despise conforming works such as those by the English. I also dislike anything that has to do with their type of government and politics. English novels are for the English. Nothing more.

Which era are you from?

This quiz told me I was from the 50s. I can see how this is accurate due to the fact that I lived, and more importantly died in this decade. It states that I am daring and determined. I find this very accurate because if I was not daring, I would not dared have argued as much as I did for communism. If I was not determined, I would not have finished as many paintings, and giant paintings, or how the English call them, murals.

Works Cited