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Diego Rivera is one of if not the most famous artist to ever come out of South America His influence can be seen not only to his own country but also all over the world Rivera was born on December 13 1886 the date of one of many Mexican religious festivals in Guanajuato He was the first in a set of twins His twin brothers name was Jos Carlos and he died at the age of one and a half As a matter of fact his whole name was actually Diego Mariade la Concepcion Juan Nepolmuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodriguez Fortunately in later years Rivera did not have to use all of his names when he signed his artwork On his early pieces he used the name Diego Mariade Rivera to distinguish himself from his father though shortened it to simply Diego Rivera later onFrom a very early age Rivera showed signs of tremendous artistic talent In 1889 well before his third birthday he drew a surprisingly accurate picture of a train complete with a steam engine and a trainmans car This piece of art hangs in a Mexican museum to this day As a child he would decorate everything from the walls to the furniture in his house with his art As to not disturb his sons incredible talent but also save his home Riveras father set up a special room in the house in which all of the walls were covered with blackboards This way his son could draw all he wanted and then erase it when he pleasedIn addition to his artistic abilities Rivera gained a talent in making people angry From childhood until the end of his life he seemed to take great pleasure in the anger of others Despite this Rivera was an excellent student In 1896 he achieved the highest score on the year-end exams Later in 1898 he graduated with honors from elementary
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