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Siqueiros: The Painter of the Mexican Revolution

This Friday marks the 121th anniversary of the birth of David Alfaro Siqueiros, a committed communist, whose work reflected his ideals and a talent that positioned him as one of the greatest of Mexican muralism.
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The painter, soldier and political activist David Alfaro Siqueiros, born in Chihuahua in northern Mexico on December 29, 1896, studied at the School of Fine Arts in Mexico.
The painter, soldier and political activist David Alfaro Siqueiros, born in Chihuahua in northern Mexico on December 29, 1896, studied at the School of Fine Arts in Mexico. Photo:Twitter / @SAPSiqueiros
Many of his works were made while in prison or in exile. Siqueiros was strongly linked to the Mexican Communist Party.
Many of his works were made while in prison or in exile. Siqueiros was strongly linked to the Mexican Communist Party. Photo:Twitter / @EFEMERIDESMX
The artist-politician joined the Constitutionalist Army of Venustiano Cerranza at 18 years of age. He also fought as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War.
The artist-politician joined the Constitutionalist Army of Venustiano Cerranza at 18 years of age. He also fought as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War. Photo:Twitter / @EFEMERIDESMX
Siqueiros is among the three greats of Mexican muralism, along with Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco.
Siqueiros is among the three greats of Mexican muralism, along with Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. Photo:EFE
The "March of Humanity" mural located in Mexico City.
The "March of Humanity" mural located in Mexico City. Photo:EFE
The author of "The people to the university, the university to the people" and "The March of Humanity" died of cancer on January 6, 1974 at 78 years of age.
The author of "The people to the university, the university to the people" and "The March of Humanity" died of cancer on January 6, 1974 at 78 years of age. Photo:Twitter / @almayadeen
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