Diego Rivera: Lilies

More about the Artist

Diego Rivera (in full, Diego María Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez) — born December 8, 1886, Guanajuato, Mexico, and died November 25, 1957, Mexico City — was a Mexican painter whose bold large-scale murals stimulated a revival of fresco painting in Latin America. A government scholarship enabled him to study art at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City from age 10, and a grant from the governor of Veracruz allowed Rivera to continue his studies in Europe in 1907. He studied in Spain and in 1909 settled in Paris, where he became a friend of Pablo Picasso, which helped further his career.

In 1930, Rivera wed student artist (20 years younger than he), Frida Kahlo. Their tumultuous relationship and exquisite work won them both fame and notoriety!

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