Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People
By Susan Goldman Rubin
Abrams Books  • 2013 • 56 pages
Hardcover ($21.95)
ISBN: 978-0-8109-8411-0
Ages 8-12

Diego Rivera’s legacy lives on to this day through his extensive collection of works of art. An interesting character, his quirks and talent both continue to fascinate people around the world, including curious, art-loving children. In this new biography, Rivera’s life is recreated from his birth to his death in easy to understand text that is equal parts informative and interesting.

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Each major event in Rivera’s life is covered along with his most important works. His famously tumultuous marriage with fellow Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is not left out of the mix. Displayed on many pages are beautiful full color photographs of his paintings, complemented by explanatory captions.

Because Diego Rivera and his native Mexico are so closely bound together, this book also touches on major events in Mexican history during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A fascinating story coupled with gorgeous artwork by one of the most famous Latin American painters of all time, this book is sure to appeal to all who love art. 

Reviewed by Beth Rotella, Teacher, NY