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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: the golden age of Mexican painting This lecture has been cancelled Chloe Sayer Wednesday 01 April 2020

Frida Kahlo 1907 -1954 and Diego Rivera 1886- 1957 are renowned and celebrated Mexican artists who came to prominence in the years following the Mexican revolution of 1910,  during which the influence of European art diminished.

Frieda Kahlo’s work is dominated by her self portraits which were influenced by her life. She had long spells of ill health which is reflected in her work. She was also inspired by the flora and fauna of Mexico which features in her artwork.

Diego Rivera was renowned as a mural artist. He was influenced by Marxism and  many of his large murals depicted workers, both industrial and agricultural, and also festivals. He painted murals in Mexico City, San Francisco, Detroit and New York among other places. His paintings show a range of styles and he known for his paintings “Man at the Crossroads” and “Flower Seller”.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera married in 1929. They travelled widely and lived in Europe, USA and Mexico.


Chloe Sayer has specialist knowledge of the art and culture of Latin America, particularly Mexico and has lectured widely in museums, galleries and cultural institutions in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain Ireland, Canada and Mexico. She was visiting lecturer at the University of the Arts London between 1992-2000 and is a Research Associate at the Royal Ontario Museum in the department for World Cultures.  Chloe has written books on the Arts and Crafts of Mexico, including textiles and on the Culture and Architecture of Mexico and has curated exhibitions in London on Mexican Folk Art and Mexican textiles. In 2016 the Mexican Government awarded the Ohtli Medal to Chloe in recognition of her commitment to Mexican culture.





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