The strong colors and stylized forms of Diego Rivera’s “El Venedor de Alcatraces” depict a Mexican peasant, and the burden carried by the country’s working class. Instrumental to the revival of outdoor mural painting, Rivera (1886 – 1957) created frescoes portraying Mexico’s history and social problems in a form that working people could easily access. A strong supporter of revolutionary politics, Rivera expressed his dream of a socialist utopia to Mexicans, making him a legendary Mexican artist.
Champion of the working class, legendary artist and political activist Diego Rivera’s enormous murals call attention to Mexico’s history and class civil rights. Rivera (1886 – 1957) was born in Mexico and his enormous outdoor murals paid tribute to farmers and laborers. By reintroducing the fresco, a mural painted on fresh plaster, into modern art and architecture, Rivera made his artwork and political messages available to everyone.