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FEBRUARY 2011 TRIBUTE TO PAINTER DAVID ALFARO SIQUEIROS (1896 – 1974)

David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896 – 1974) was a Mexican painter and one of
the founders of the Mexican Mural Movement, one of the “Big Three”, with
Jose Clemente Orosco and Diego Rivera. He was also a Communist, life-long
political activist, veteran of the Mexican Revolution and Spanish Civil
War, sometime political prisoner, outspoken polemicist and would-be assassin.
Throughout his life, he espoused the ideal that art, by its nature, had
to be political in order to carry any substance, decrying the art of
capitalist Europe and the United States. Siqueiros went, perhaps, the
furthest of all the muralists in his attempts to combine his political
views and aesthetic ideals with modern technical means to create a truly
“public art.”









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