Mexican painter and muralist
Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez, known as Diego Rivera (December 8, 1886–November 24, 1957) was a Mexican painter.
- When we began, we had no opportunities; we prepared in silence and created our own opportunity.
- On making your own artistic opportunities in the book Conversations with Diego Rivera: The Monster in His Labyrinth
- Here it is—the might, the power, the energy, the sadness, the glory, the youthfulness of our lands.
- On the layout of New York City (as quoted in the book The Fabulous Life of Diego Rivera)
- Here in Mexico…I find that very simple intuitive persons, in common with a highly sophisticated and prepared type, accept my way of painting. But the bourgeois mind (here as elsewhere called “cultured,” I believe does not. This bourgeois mind of Mexico is that of a special virulence, for being mixed in race for only a few generations, it is also lamentably mixed in its ‘culture.’ It is, in a word, saturated with European bad taste, the finer European influences having been almost wholly rejected by the Creole of Mexico…
- On how his work was received Mexico (as quoted in the book The Fabulous Life of Diego Rivera)
- Your engineers are your great artists and these highways are the most beautiful things I have seen in your beautiful country…Out of them and the machine will issue the style of tomorrow.
- On being enchanted by engineers in “Diego Rivera: A Man and His Murals” (Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute)