Happy Birthday Diego Rivera!! Born today in Mexico, in 1886, Diego Rivera was one of the dominant modern Mexican artists. He has stated that the earliest memory he has is of drawing. He began art training at age 12 and at 20 after winning a scholarship to Europe, he settled in Paris. Following a period of Cubism, Rivera began to explore ways for art to reach more people, specifically the common man. The end of the revolution in Mexico gave him his answer and he began to paint murals celebrating cultural heritage and illustrating social issues. Returning to Mexico, he became the most influential muralist of the 20th century. Diego Rivera was married three times, but his well known partner was artist Frida Kahlo. His most famous mural is titled Man at the Crossroads, but today I have decided to post one of his Calla Lily series instead: Vendedora de Flores.