Diego Rivera was one of Mexico’s most influential painters. He was born in Guanajuato, Mexico in 1886 and died in Mexico City on 1957.
Diego’s father built him a studio to support his son’s artistic pursuits. Diego began his formal art training at ten years old and by the time he was 20, he studied art in Paris and Italy.
He experienced Cubism with Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque and post-impressionism with Paul Cézanne. He was in good company!
When Diego returned to Mexico, he started painting murals that depicted social change. Many of his murals dealt with Mexican society and the Mexican Revolution of 1910.
He painted with strong colors and a stylized human form. He was married to another famous Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo.
I love Diego Rivera’s El Vendedor de Alcatraces. The strong color contrast and symmetry make it a perfect example to demonstrate these art terms to my campers. Drawing this one was a challenge but nothing we couldn’t handle!
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)