• Maria Izquierdo

    Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo | Mexico City

    Maria Izquierdo began her art school training in 1928 at the Academia de Pintura y Escultura in Mexico City, where Diego Rivera was appointed director the following year. Rivera was so taken with her work that she provoked the envy of several students, who attacked Izquierdo by drenching her with water. Shattered by the experience, she left the school, never to return. Soon after this incident, Rivera organized a one-person show for her at the then-unfinished Palacio de Bellas Artes.

    Izquierdo’s four-year relationship with the artist Rufino Tamayo brought out her explosive genius, as she began

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