Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera biography

Diego Rivera is a prominent Mexican painter known for his large frescoes and who is credited for helping to establish the Mexican mural movement in Mexican art. Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez was born December 2, 1886, in Guanajuato, Mexico. Diego Rivera, whose twin brother died when he was two, began drawing on the walls of his parent’s home.

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His parents did not punish him however, and instead installed canvas and chalkboards on the walls as a way of encouraging him. Diego Rivera has painted murals in many different cities including New York City, Mexico City, San Francisco, Cuernavaca, and Detroit and a retrospective of his works was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1931. Diego Rivera was married five times and fathered three children; a son, Diego, with his first wife and two daughters, Ruth and Guadalupe, with his second wife. Diego Rivera married his third wife, another Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, in 1929. Diego was 42 and Frida was 29; the two were said to have a volatile relationship that was harmed by mutual infidelities and Diego’s notorious violent temper. The couple divorced in 1939 but remarried a year later. One year after her death Diego married his agent, Emma Hurtado.


Quick Facts
Birth Date: 8 Dec, 1886
Age: 133 yrs
Occupations: Painter
Citizenship: Mexico
Birth Place: Guanajuato
Education: Academy of San Carlos
Académie Julian
Gender: Male
Description: Mexican painter and muralist
Net Worth 2021: 3 million
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Last Modified: Jun 28 2020
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