Marķa de la Rivera y Barrientos and his twin
brother Carlos were born on December 13, 1886
in Leon, Guanajuato. Carlos died in 1888, which
left Diego as an only child. Since he was very
young (he begins to draw at the age of three),
he loved to paint, so much that his father covered
a room of their house in Guanajuato with paper
so that the child could paint all over the walls.
Diego says that it was in that room where he
created his first murals.
Diego Rivera is thought of as the creator of
the Mexican identity. Diego Rivera's murals
have created a visual memory of Mexico's historic
past and have helped understand and respect
Mexican nationality. The history of Mexico is
full of living images, with the bright colors
of Diego Rivera. Memories are accompanied with
feelings of pain, pride and magic that come
directly from the emotions represented in the
Diego's work. Thanks to Diego Rivera's murals
people can naturally recall the history of Mexico.