2 About Diego RiveraDiego was a prominent Mexican painter, he sought to make art that reflected the lives of the Mexican people, he was born on December 8, 1886, in Guanajuato, Mexico. He began drawing as a child. Around the age of 10, Rivera went to study art at the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
3 During the 1930s, Diego Rivera did not have any work in progress working on murals, so he dedicated his time to creating personal pieces and paintings. In 1940s, he returned to doing work on murals, for the Golden Gate Exposition which was held in San Francisco. From 1945 to 1951 he spent quite a bit of time, and lived in Mexico City; "From the pre-Hispanic civilization to the Conquest" was the work he created during this time frame, and the last mural which he completed was called the "Popular History of Mexico".
4 Man at the CrossroadsIn the 1930s and 1940s, Diego Rivera painted several murals in the United States. Some of his works created controversy, especially the one he did for the Rockefeller family in the RCA building in New York City. The mural, known as "Man at the Crossroads," featured a portrait of Russian Communist leader Vladimir Lenin. The painting was controversial because it included an image of Lenin and a Soviet Russian May Day parade. Despite protests from artists, Nelson Rockefeller ordered its destruction before it was completed.
5 The Flower CarrierIn 1935, Diego Rivera masterfully created The Flower Carrier. Like many of Rivera's paintings, The Flower Carrier imparts simplicity, yet exudes much symbolism and meaning. The colorful painting displays a peasant man in white clothing with a yellow sombrero, struggling on all fours with a dramatically oversized basket of flowers that is strapped to his back with a yellow sling. A woman, most likely the peasant's wife, stands behind him trying to help with the support of the basket as he attempts to rise to his feet.