Famous Mexican painters include Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Like Kahlo and Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros was known for his political activity as well as his art. His style was progressive and bold and among his contributions was the introduction of new mural painting techniques.Continue Reading
Siqueiros' works include Head of an Indian, Zapata, Moises Saenz and Seated Nude.
Diego Rivera was known for his murals and frescos. Born in 1886, he started painting from a young age and drew on European influences, which he encountered during his travels, for his own work. He was inspired by the French masters, such as Renoir and Matisse, but the Renaissance-era frescoes in Italy that sparked Rivera's lifelong interest in the power of public art. He regularly included political themes in his work, such as his controversial inclusion of Lenin on a mural commissioned by the Rockefellers for the RCA building. Rivera refused to remove the image of Lenin and the mural was destroyed.
Frida Kahlo, perhaps the most widely celebrated of these three Mexican painters, was also known for her colorful public image. Her political engagement brought her into contact with Rivera, who became her husband. Kahlo's work has often been compared to that of the Surrealists, although she never identified herself as such. Among her best known paintings are The Suicide of Dorothy Hale, The Two Fridas and The Broken Column.Learn more about Painting
"The Flower Carrier" by Diego Rivera represents the struggles of the working man living in a capitalist society. Rivera, a communist, was concerned about the plight of the peasants in Mexico. As was the case with his other works, Rivera intended this piece to move the audience to question the social effects that capitalism has on the working class.Full Answer >
As of February 2015, Diego Rivera's most famous painting is a fresco mural titled "Detroit Industry." It is located on the walls of the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan.Full Answer >
Renowned female Latina artist Frida Kahlo used a painting style that combined her Mexican culture, symbolism, surrealism and influences from her personal life. Utilizing this combination of motifs resulted in Frida Kahlo becoming one of the most studied artists of modern times.Full Answer >
Some of the best-known biographies of painters are "Matisse the Master: Conquest of Color, 1909-1954;" "Renoir, My Father;" "Warhol: The Biography: 75th Anniversary Edition;" and "Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo." "Dear Theo," a collection of letters between Vincent Van Gogh and brother Theo, is also a highly regarded autobiography.Full Answer >