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By 1913, the artists had fully embraced Cubism in his art, as evidenced by such works as “Woman at a Well” and Sailor at Breakfast. He submitted works to the Salon d’Automne exhibit where the likes of Picasso, Marcel Duchamp and Andre Lhote had shown their work over the previous years, attracting both negative reactions and the positive attention of the art community.
By now the artist was well into his 30s, and the Diego Rivera painting style had come into its own, featuring large figures with simplified lines and rich colors. Many of his scenes tell the stories of workers such as miners, farmers, industrial laborers and peasants. His paintings of flower sellers with calla lilies are among his best known. Some frescos show festivals, such as “The Day of the Dead” and “The Maize Festival” from 1924. At this time, Rivera began work on a mural for the National School of Agriculture in Chapingo, Mexico, which he entitled, “The Liberated Earth with Natural Forces Controlled by Man.”
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Rivera returned to Mexico with a reawakened artistic perspective, deeply influenced by his study of Classical and ancient art. There, he was afforded the opportunity to visit and study many pre-Columbian archaeological sites under the auspices of the Ministry of Education’s art program. Yet his first mural painting, produced for the National Preparatory School and entitled Creation(1922), shows a strong influence of Western art. Rivera soon became involved with local politics through his membership in the Revolutionary Union of Technical Workers and his entry into the Mexican Communist Party in 1922. At this time, he painted frescoes in the Ministry of Education in Mexico City and the National School of Agriculture in Chapingo. During the latter project, he became involved with the Italian photographer Tina Modotti, who had modeled for his murals; the affair prompted him to separate from his wife at the time, Lupe Marin.
After Rivera returned to Mexico, he and Kahlo shared a house-studio in a beautiful Bauhaus-style building in Mexico City that can still be visited today. From 1929 until 1945, Rivera worked on and off in the National Palace, creating some of his most famous murals there. In 1937, he and Kahlo helped Leon Trotsky – a major Russian Communist leader – and his wife obtain political exile; the Trotskys lived with Rivera and Kahlo for two years in the “Blue House” in the suburb of Coyoacan. Two years later, Rivera and Kahlo divorced, although they remarried a year later in San Francisco, while Rivera was working for the Golden Gate International Exposition. The two had a tremendously passionate, and an extremely tumultous relationship – one that can easily extrapolated by viewing her very personal artworks. The couple would ultimately remain together until Kahlo’s death in 1954.
During the McCarthyism of the 1950s, a large sign was placed in the courtyard defending the artistic merit of the murals while attacking his politics as “detestable.” 
Rivera claimed in his autobiography that while in Mexico, in 1904 he had engaged in cannibalism, particularly enjoying the taste of brains.   This claim has been considered factually suspect,  or elaborate lies.  He wrote in his autobiography: “I believe that when man evolves a civilization higher than the mechanized but still primitive one he has now, the eating of human flesh will be sanctioned. For then man will have thrown off all of his superstitions and irrational taboos.” [ citation needed ]
A government scholarship enabled Rivera to study art at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City from age 10, and a grant from the governor of Veracruz enabled him to continue his studies in Europe in 1907. He studied in Spain and in 1909 settled in Paris, where he became a friend of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and other leading modern painters. About 1917 he abandoned the Cubist style in his own work and moved closer to the Post-Impressionism of Paul Cézanne, adopting a visual language of simplified forms and bold areas of colour.
Diego Rivera, in full Diego María Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez, (born December 8, 1886, Guanajuato, Mexico—died November 25, 1957, Mexico City), Mexican painter whose bold large-scale murals stimulated a revival of fresco painting in Latin America.