15 curious facts about Diego Rivera

  1. He was born on December 8, 1886 in Guanajuato.
  2. In the Civil Register it appears like Diego Maria Rivera, although there are those who affirm that according to his baptism, was named Diego Maria de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera and Barrientos Acosta and Rodríguez.
  3. Diego had a twin brother, Carlos, who died two years later.
  4. He studied at the Academy of San Carlos, where he met José María Velasco.
  5. In 1905 he was awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Public Education, by Justo Sierra.
  6. In Paris he lived with Alfonso Reyes Ochoa, Pablo Picasso, Ramón María del Valle-Inclán and Paul Cézanne, amongst others.
  7. He lived in Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, France, Italy and Spain.
  8. Made more than 10,000 works.
  9. In 1922, he began his first mural in the Simón Bolívar Amphitheater of the National Preparatory School, in Mexico City.
  10. He had four wives: Angelina Petrovna Belova (better known as Angelina Beloff), Guadalupe Marín, Frida Kahlo and Emma Hurtado.
  11. His first son was born in Paris in 1916, but died the following year.
  12. Rivera was so radical that he was even expelled from the Mexican Communist Party.
  13. In 2008 a letter was found addressed to Albert Einstein, which was written in 1934, thanking him for congratulating his panels in New York.
  14. Since 2010, the Bank of Mexico circulated 500 peso bills with the image of Diego and Frida.
  15. 125 years after his birth, was honored by Google, with a "doodle".

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