We have been reminded all too recently of Deigo Rivera. So much so that we couldn’t resist sharing his work with others on this appropriate day.

FAB has been enamored for the last few weeks with a recent book called Muralismo Muerte: The Rebirth of Muralism in Urban Art. In the book, Jens Besser draws a connection between modern muralists and the original Muralismo movement in Mexico from the 1920’s to the 1940’s.

Rivera’s work (which came only after extensive study in Italy and France) is the quintessential mural portfolio, filled with the themes of worker’s rights and cultural preservation. He was not alone, of course. He was one of only a few artists supported by the Mexican government to educate its recently independent and mostly illiterate society. They saw the powerful symbolism and storytelling quality of his work and committed to using it, and the work of others, as a teaching tool to empower their people.

The connection comes here. Muralismo’s most famous contributions were government-sanctioned. However, this movement was one of autonomy. Artists painted out of a desire to strengthen their nation and imbue their society with undeniable beauty; a reflection of the people themselves.

Today, artists like us paint all over the world in places large, small, hidden and blatant. The internet allows us to broadcast our work, but often makes it hard to be credited. On top of that, many of us don’t want mainstream recognition or at least want the freedom to stay anonymous whenever we choose. The result has been a remarkable reclamation of public space. Like Muralismo, the movement known as street art has spread so completely in part because of the bypassing of approval systems. We just want to get our work out there. Whatever the message, it needs to be big and it needs to be available to anyone.

We actually recently began discussions with a potential client in the workforce industry. Once again, we referred to Rivera because he covered the subject as thoroughly as anyone could.

Take some time and check out Diego-Rivera.com to learn about this illustrious icon. His work was valuable in many ways and his desire to share it was unstoppable. So many of us are reaching for that same ring.