Biographies: Diego Rivera


Born 1886 in Guanajuato, Diego Rivera studied at the San Carlos Academy under Santiago Rebull and José María Velasco. In 1908 he traveled to Europe on a stipend from the Veracruz government. He founded the Mexican Muralist movement with Orozco and Siqueiros and painted his first mural at the anfiteatro Bolívar at the National Preparatory school in México City. Rivera painted numerous murals in México City and the United States, including those in the Palacio Nacional., Ministerio de Eduación Pública, the San Francisco Stock Exchange, Detroit’s Institute of Fine Arts and the Rockefeller Center.

Diego Rivera’s artistic achievements were monumental; while traveling in Europe, Rivera kept abreast of all the latest developments in art. His intellectual and artistic genius allowed him to produce first-rate Symbolist paintings while he was in Spain (1908-1911), Cubist works while in France as well as Cézannesque and Ingresque paintings during his final years in Paris (1911-1921).

Select Murals:

‘Conquistadores Españoles’, Palacio Nacional, Mexico City.
‘Tenochtitlán’, Palacio Nacional, Mexico City.
‘Oro Azteca’, Palacio Nacional, Mexico City.
‘Celebraciones Totonaca’ Palacio Nacional, Mexico City.
‘El Hombre, Controlador del Universo’, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City.
‘Sueño de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Central’, Mexico City.
‘Mural’, Palacio de Gobierno, Mexico City.
‘La Historia de México’, Palacio Nacional, Mexico City.

Select Public Sculptures:

‘Fuente Tialoc’, Cárcamo de Dolores, Mexico City.
‘Quetzalcóatl en el Exekatlkalli’, Acapulco, Guerrero.

Select Permanent Exhibitions:

Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid.
Museo Mural Diego Rivera, Mexico City.
Museo Anahuacalli, Mexico City.
Museo Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City.
Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Mexico City.

Select Awards:

Los Angeles Museum award, 1925, USA.
Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas, 1950, Mexico.

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