Diego Rivera’s 125th Birthday

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the renowned Mexican painter Diego Rivera’s 125th birthday. The doodle is a colorful yet almost real depiction of a mural, representing a piece of Mexico.

Born into a wealthy family in Guanajuato in 1886, he belonged to a family of Spanish nobles. At a young age of 10, Rivera studied art at the Academy of San Carlos, Mexico City. He continued to study in Europe. Following his arrival in Europe, he studied in Spain and Paris, and worked with several artists in Montparnasse.

The Mexican and the Russian Revolutions played a vital role in influencing his art and communism. He used his art as a medium to show the world, the lives of the working-class people of Mexico. He was famous for his works in frescos and is believed to have played a pivotal role in establishing the Mexico Mural Movement. This paved way for him to create a series of murals in public buildings. Though controversial, several of his murals found a place in the US. One of his famous murals, featuring Vladimir Lenin was destroyed.

He was married to famous artist Frida Kahlo in 1929. The couple divorced in 1939 and remarried a few years later.