Diego Rivera, 1886 – 1957

December 8, 1886 – Birthdate of Diego Rivera, Mexican painter and educator.

Rivera was a prominent Mexican painter. His large frescoes helped establish the Mexican Mural Movement in Mexican art. 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. Rivera had a volatile marriage with fellow Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

In 1986, Mexico issued an 80-peso stamp (Scott No. 1464) on the occasion of Rivera’s 100th birthday featuring a 1954 self-portrait of the painter:

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