Diego Maria de la Concepcion Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodriguez - (1886 - 1957) was an extraordinary Mexican artist born in Guanajuato City, Guanajuato. Rivera was a political militant, an active communist, atheist, notorious womanizer, and husband of artist Frida Kahlo. Rivera studied art at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City and was sponsored to continue study in Europe by Teodoro A. Dehesa Mendez, the governor of the State of Veracruz. His large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Renaissance. Between 1922 and 1953, Rivera painted murals among others in Mexico City, Chapingo, Cuernavaca, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City. In 1931, a retrospective exhibition of his works was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Rivera played a prime role in an outstanding period in Mexican history which made him a controversial figure outside his own country and the best known artist in Latin America. Portrait at left is by artist Frida Kalo.
"Every good composition is above all a work of abstraction. All good painters know this. But the painter cannot dispense with subjects altogether without his work suffering impoverishment." Diego Rivera