“I was aware of Diego Rivera, the Mexican muralist, long before I encountered the many other 'Diego Riveras' that roamed the world between the beginning of the 20th century and the late 1950s. […] While his easel paintings and drawings constitute a large body of both his early and late work, his unique murals explode off walls in virtuoso performances of mind-staggering organisation. On those walls the man, his legend and myths, his technical talent, his intense story-telling focus, and self-indulgent ideological convictions all come together.”
Gerry Souter, the author of the remarkable Frida Kahlo, overcomes his huge admiration for Diego Rivera to give the artist a human dimension, found in his political choices, his love affairs, and his belief that “this truth was Mexico, the language of his thoughts, the blood in his veins, the azure sky above his resting place.”
Gerry Souter earned his degree at the Art Institute of Chicago and then went on to do further studies in art at the University of Chicago. Himself an artist, Souter has exhibited his paintings and photographs at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Phoenix Art Museum, and a number of other galleries. A professional author, he has written more than twenty books since 1997, with great success. His continuing studies in art history and architecture, the sharpness of his writing, and his visual experience add a dynamic aspect to the study of the lives of artists and the description of their works, keeping the reader captivated, page after page.
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