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Diego Maria de la Rivera Barrientos and his own brother Carlos were on December 13 in Leon Guanajuato Carlos died in 1888 which left Diego as only child Since he was very young he begins to draw at the age of three he loved to paint so much that his father covered a room of their house in Guanajuanto with paper so that the child could paint all over the walls Diego says that it was in that room where he created his first murals After the death of Diegos brother Maria Barrientos developed a terrible neurosis In order to take her out of it she decided to study a career and successfully graduated in Obstetrics In 1896 while he was still in high-school he entered the Academy of San Carlos He was so obviously talented in 1906 after his first show he was granted a four year scholarship from the governor of Veracruz Teodoro Dahesa to continue his studies in Europe In 1907 he goes to Spain where he promptly becomes part of the intellectual circles After studying there for two years he moves to Paris and starts living with Angelina Beloff Angelina Beloff was a Russian migr artist Diego and Angelina had a son but due to an flu epidemic the child died in the fall of 1918 Diego had many lovers among them was Marvena another Russian woman Diego and Marvena had a child named Marika right after the death of Angelinas baby Diego precisely describes his relationship with Angelina when he says she gave me everything a woman can give to a man In return she received from me all the heartache and misery that a man can inflict upon a woman While studying in Spain Rivera was fascinated by the works of Cezanne who introduced him to cubism His greatest influence however was Pablo Picassos Diego was interested in cubism because it questioned the pre-established conceptions of painting
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