Diego Riviera’s Work Came to the Riviera Maya

And We All Missed It!

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Art & Cul­ture - BY MELISSA ROB­LES

Orig­i­nal works by the renowned Mex­i­can painter Diego Rivera vis­ited Playa del Car­men for the first time, in the ex­po­si­tion “Mex­i­can Artists: A Trip Through Cul­ture”, held at the Hy­att ho­tel on Thurs­day Septem­ber 24.

In a his­tor­i­cal first, some lo­cals and tourists were given the op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ci­ate the work of one of the best mu­ral­ists in Mex­i­can his­tory. Rivera’s draw­ings are con­sid­ered to be a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Mex­i­can cul­ture. To­gether with Frida Kahlo, he formed one of the most im­por­tant cou­ples in the arts. His work, ide­ol­ogy, and legacy are still rec­og­nized in­ter­na­tion­ally in the art world.

Martha Velásquez, cul­tural pro­moter for the An­cora com­pany, ex­plained that the five works on dis­play were part of a note­book that be­longed to the artist’s daugh­ter, Ruth Riviera.

“This is a one-time op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ci­ate the work of these renowned artists. All of the ex­po­si­tions are orig­i­nal and have their cer­tifi­cates of au­then­tic­ity,” said Ms. Velásquez.

The five draw­ings by Rivera have not yet been sold. How­ever, they have re­ceived rave re­views from the pub­lic who came to ad­mire the works of art. Art lovers can even ac­quire these works but only if their pock­et­book per­mits. In Fe­bru­ary of this year, “Cantin­flas” by Diego Riviera sold for $2.5 mil­lion USD.

The col­lec­tion, which was only dis­played in Sol­i­dari­dad for one day only, con­tin­ued on its tour through Quin­tana Roo, with a fi­nal stop in Chetu­mal. Works by José Luis Cuevas, Se­bastián, Fer­nando An­dri­acci and Rubén Leyva were also dis­played. “Quin­tana Roo lo­cals can ac­cess these works of art by Diego Rivera, and see the orig­i­nal work up close.”

The art pro­ducer, Martha Ve­lazquez, An­corá pro­motes artis­tic de­vel­op­ment at a state level, in ad­di­tion to sup­port­ing lo­cal artists. Soon, they will of­fer an oil paint­ing con­test with win­ning artists to take their work to Rus­sia.

For Martha Velásquez, it is a pri­or­ity to pro­mote spa­ces for artis­tic ex­pres­sion, and to po­si­tion Quin­tana Roo as a cul­tural des­ti­na­tion.

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