Thursday, December 29, 2016
Born this day in 1896: David Alfaro Siqueiros
December 29, 1896. David Alfaro Siqueiros (born José de Jesús Alfaro Siqueiros, December 29, 1896, in Chihuahua, Mexico - January 6, 1974, in Cuernavaca, Morelos) was a Mexican social realist painter, known for his large murals in fresco. He, Diego Rivera, and José Clemente Orozco established Mexican Muralism. He was also a Stalinist and member of the Mexican Communist Party who participated in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Leon Trotsky in May 1940. In this image: David Alfaro Siqueiros, 73, Mexican muralist, painter and activist, is shown in Mexico City, Mexico, on Sept. 10, 1970.