Diego Rivera was a world-famous Mexican painter, an active communist, and husband of Frida Kahlo. Rivera’s large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Renaissance.
Archive for December, 2011
“Mercado de Flores” translated to “Flower Merchant” or “Flower Vendor”.
Throughout his sixty-year career, Mexican artist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) produced some of the most distinctive and socially powerful works in modern art. Most famous for his murals, his monumental frescos gave life to revolutionary themes, championing the causes of the oppressed. Rivera used portraiture throughout his career to make personal, artistic and political statements, as well as to convey his Communistic beliefs and opinions. In addition to being a painter, Rivera was also a skilled printmaker, sculptor and book illustrator.
Rivera, not surprisingly, is better with more humble subjects and frequently he celebrated the relationship of peasants and nature.
The calla lily, a sensual, sculptural flower – and quintessential example of Mexico’s exuberant flora – was celebrated by Rivera many times, particularly in frescoes depicted peasants with indigenous features carrying bundles or offerings of them.
He often painted flower vendors and other scenes from every day life in his native Mexico.
On December 6, 2011, Mexican ecofashion designer Carla Fernandez showcased her collection in the Mexican Official Residence in London, UK. Her collection is characterized of contemporary high end fashion designs with traditional techniques used by Mexican indigenous communities.
Through her mobile workshop Taller Flora, Carla Fernandez collaborates with members of indigenous Mexican communities as creative peers, building a sustainable business model that offers clients both an haute couture and a prêt a porter line whilst rewarding the local population.