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Diego Rivera 20th century geniusDiego Rivera 1886-1957 muralist painter was one of the greatest artist in the 20thcentury Born in Guanajuato Mexico on December 8th 1886 He studied in the San CarlosAcademy and in the carving workshop of artist Jos Guadalupe Posada whose influence wasdecisive Diego Riveras Legacy to modern Mexican art was decisive in mural and canvas hewas a revolutionary painter looking to take art to the big public to the streets and buildingsmanaging a precise direct and realistic style full of social content httpwwwdiegoriveracomRivera painted more than two and a half miles of murals in his lifetime The first was aseries of 124 panels encompassing the entire history of Mexico It took him more than fouryears working eight to fifteen hours at a stretch to do all the painting by hand Up oncompleting the work he was instantly famous Lives of the artists - p89Diego was an excellent student A report card from December 1896 showed that hereceived first prize in the year-end exams Late in 1898 he was graduated with honors fromelementary school just four years after entering Throughout his scholar years the gift for painting slowly developed When he was barelyten years old Diegos family moved to Mexico City There he obtained a governmentscholarship to attend to the Academia De Bellas Artes de San Carlos San Carlos Fine ArtsAcademy in which he remained until he was spelled in 1902 due to his participation in the Gutierrez 2Five years later Diego had his first exposition which was a great success among thepublic this earned him a Veracruzs government scholarship to continue his pictoric education in Spain at the San Fernando de Madrid school From there he traveled to France BelgiumHolland and Great Britain between 1908 and 1910 until he finally moved to Paris in 1911
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