Diego Rivera was a Mexican painter that was very passionate about art. He was born in Mexico with a twin brother that later died when they were 2. He began his art endeavors when he was merely 10. It is one thing to say that kids around that age start drawing at a young age, but he was actually in art school at age 10. I envy this skill because I have never been able to grasp the artistic vision skill. I can draw a mean stick figure though!
One of his artworks is of a mural he painted depicting Mexico’s history at the National Palace.
This mural is very colorful and artistic with a variety of people and activities depicted. There are armored soldiers, politicians, townsfolk, and animals. Each looks to be animated in their own ways. None of them seem to be still although it is just a mural. This is a particular talent that can only be found in true artists. To be able to show motion in a still imagine is fascinating. the mural is not small either. Covering an entire wall, it is one of the better looking murals I have ever seen.
I have heard of Diego Rivera before, but have never been able to learn much about him until now. I have known people to confuse him with Salvador Dali even though they are completely different artists. Rivera definitely lacks the mustache Dali gets to showcase. My girlfriend recently did a 10 minute Spanish presentation on him, but I was not able to see it due to time conflicts.
Diego Rivera was a traveler. He would attend events he received invitations for all over the world. For example, he was invited to the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution in Moscow, Russia. Being from Mexico, attending events in Moscow, and having a name in America, it is safe to say he definitely left an impression on the art world.
“Man, Controller of the Universe”
Another example of his work is “Man, Controller of the Universe”. It is another colorful piece with a main attention and numerous people in the mural. Rivera liked to depict many situations in his murals. In this one there are bystanders, plants. hazmat suits, and a butterfly looking contraption. The pieces are very expressive and colorful.
Diego Rivera was a great artist and continues to have some of the best murals ever. I hope more people have the chance to learn more about him instead of him being a shadow artist.