Rivera, Diego (1886–1957) By Black, June I. K.
Diego Rivera was an artist born in 1886 in the Mexican city of Guanajuato. The family relocated to Mexico City in 1892 as a consequence of the liberal politics of Rivera’s father. In the capital, Rivera was educated at the National Preparatory School and the National School of Fine Arts (formerly known as the Academy of San Carlos), where he studied under Félix Parra, Santiago Rebull, and José María Velasco. In 1904, he met Dr. Atl, who was likely the first to encourage Rivera to explore Modernism. By utilizing the multifaceted, compressed, and interlocking planes characteristic of Cubism together with the naturalistic forms more common to academic art, his works represent a peculiar blend of the academic and the avant garde.