Google Doodle celebrates 125th birth anniversary of Diego Rivera
Google Doodle today celebrates the 125th birth anniversary of legendary Mexican painter Diego Rivera. Born on December 8, 1886 in Guanajuato, Diego Rivera was an influential Mexican painter who was known for his large wall works in fresco, a type of mural painting which uses plastered walls or ceilings as its canvas.
He initially studied art at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City and was later sponsored to continue his painting in Madrid and Paris. He settled in Paris and befriended leading artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.
Rivera was fond of drawing when he was only three, just a year after his twin brother’s death. He had been caught drawing on the walls. His parents supported him in brushing up his skills as they have installed chalkboards and canvas on the walls for the young painter to make use.
In 1921, in Mexico, he began work on a number of murals on revolutionary themes to decorate Mexico’s public buildings. His first important work was the mural Creation for the Bolívar Auditorium at the National Preparatory School in Mexico City.
Diego Rivera married fellow Mexican painter Frida Kahlo twice. They first married in 1929, and then separated in 1939 only to remarry in 1941.
Rivera left for heavenly abode on November 25, 1957 in Mexico City and left unfinished his most ambitious mural on the history of Mexico for the National Palace, Mexico City.