DIEGO RIVERA

BY ANGEL MENDOZA

My artist name is Diego Rivera he is a Mexican painter who produced

murals on social themes and who ranks one of my countries greatest

artists. He was born in Guanajuato and educated at the San Carlos

Academy of Fine Arts , in Mexico City. he studied painting in Europe

between 1907 and 1921, becoming familiar with the innovative cubist

forms of the French painter Paul Cezanne and Pablo Picasso.

In 1921 Riviera returned to Mexico and took a prominent part in

revival of mural painting initiated by artists and sponsored by the

government . Believing that art should serve the working people and be

readily available to them , he concentrated on painting large frescoes,

concerning the history and social problems of Mexico,

on the walls of public buldings.His works during 1930s included

frescoes the Ministry of Educational Mexico City and in the National

Agricultural School in Chapingo.

Rivera was an active member of the Mexican Communist party , and

he painted murals in the National Palace , Mexico City 1929, and the

Palace Cortes , Cuernavaca1930 .In 1929 Riviera married Frida Kahlo

who is now considered to have been a leading 20th century Mexican

painter.

I think what I like the most the murals that he painted I liked how he

drew the Indian people their faces the scenery , the palace and his style.

Riviera's murals are rich in archeological detail and painted in sharply

outlined , linear style. Most of them have clear , three dimensional

figures in a shallow space , although a deep spatial extension of

landscape appears at the top of some works . Rivera also executed easel

paintings and portraits and designed and built his Mexico City house ,

the Anahuacalli, which is now a museum housing the extensive

collection of pre-Columbian art that he left for Mexican people . I liked

the water colors that Riviera used for the murals and the way he painted

the pictures .I imagine take him a long time to draw the murals and paint

them and drawing the faces . I have seen his murals in the walls in

Mexico City and I really think is very hard to draw the murals and I also

have seen in the museums alot of pictures that Riviera has drawn and I

was really impressed with all his work. The thing that I liked the most

were the murals that he drew and the painting and how he drew the faces

of the people and the different colors of skins of the people . I enjoyed

learning about Diego Rivera and also because his from my country.

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