Diego Rivera’s life work discussed at library

SUN PHOTO BY TOM CHANG Baila Miller spoke about 20th century artist Diego Rivera at the Elsie Quirk Library Tuesday.

ENGLEWOOD — Englewood resident Leni Frantz got more than she bargained for when she went to the Elsie Quirk Library.

Speaker and educator Baila Miller made a presentation last week on the life of 20th century Mexican artist Diego Rivera, famous not only for his work but for his relationship with artist Frida Kahlo.

“(Baila Miller) has such a depth and insight to her in the way she presents things,” Frantz said. “She opened a window to the soul of the artist. She was able to provide more information and presented in such a way more than any textbook can provide.”

Diego revived fresco which hadn’t been used in hundreds of years, Miller told a packed room upstairs at the library.

Fresco is a technique of mural painting executed upon freshly laid lime plaster on walls.

“He was able (with his art) to revive a country with honor and prestige,” Miller said. “He conveyed so much in his work to connect to the people.”

Miller, a Venice resident, discussed Rivera’s relationship with Kahlo, the themes of his paintings, politics, relationships with his contemporaries and his travels.

“Rivera often made recreations of others’ work,” she said. “(By contrast) his version is often saturated with colors.”

Rivera’s murals are Renaissance style. Miller discussed his rivalry with artist Pablo Picasso.

“Picasso called him a conquistador,” Miller said. “Rivera would run to the train station to give crackers to children so they wouldn’t starve.”

Miller has developed a following for her speaking tours offering college-style lectures. She regularly speaks at the Venice Island Library.

For more information, go to http://www.bailamiller   programs.com   or call 941-416-4362.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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