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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 buldingsHis 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 Rivieras 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
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