Diego Rivera was a revolutionary painter in more ways than one. Attending art school at 11, by his 20s he counted among the most influential figures of the Parisian art scene of the early 20th century, alongside Picasso, Modigliani, Braque and Gris.
Rivera’s murals, in both his native Mexico and the USA, reflect the contradictory turbulence of his character and times. He met Lenin in Paris and Stalin in Moscow and offered refuge to Trotsky during his Mexican exile, yet also accepted commissions from giants of capitalism like Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller. Rivera’s indefatigable industry was matched by his zest for life, which saw him accumulate numerous lovers and four wives, including Frida Kahlo – their formidable partnership standing as one of the great love stories of art history.
This beautifully realised graphic novel tells the story of the extraordinary life and times of an artist in whom myth and reality fused.