David Alfaro Siqueiros

1896 - 1974

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David Alfaro Siqueiros (born José de Jesús Alfaro Siqueiros, December 29, 1896, in Chihuahua – January 6, 1974, in Cuernavaca, Morelos) was a Mexican social realist painter, best known for his large murals in fresco. Along with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, he was one of the most famous of the "Mexican muralists". He was a member of the Mexican Communist Party, and a Stalinist and supporter of the Soviet Union who led an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Leon Trotsky in May 1940.By accordance with Spanish naming customs, his surname would normally have been Alfaro; however, like Picasso (Pablo Ruiz y Picasso) and Lorca (Federico García Lorca), Siqueiros used his mother's surname. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Alfaro Siqueiros has received more than 557,193 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). David Alfaro Siqueiros is the 314th most popular painter (up from 322nd in 2019), the 29th most popular biography from Mexico (down from 27th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Mexican Painter.

David Alfaro Siqueiros is most famous for his mural work in Mexico during the 1920s.

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Among painters, David Alfaro Siqueiros ranks 314 out of 1,428Before him are Alexej von Jawlensky, Cosimo Rosselli, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Richard Hamilton, Séraphine Louis, and Philipp Otto Runge. After him are Gabriël Metsu, Judith Leyster, Polygnotus, Jan Gossaert, William Holman Hunt, and Paulus Potter.

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Among people born in 1896, David Alfaro Siqueiros ranks 36Before him are Célestin Freinet, Erich Koch, Helen of Greece and Denmark, John Dos Passos, Wallace Carothers, and Sandro Pertini. After him are Anastasio Somoza García, Herbert Backe, Léon Theremin, Tina Modotti, Gottlob Berger, and Eugenio Montale. Among people deceased in 1974, David Alfaro Siqueiros ranks 29Before him are Louis Kahn, Peng Dehuai, Satyendra Nath Bose, Fritz Zwicky, Walter Lippmann, and Zalman Shazar. After him are Marcel Pagnol, Nikolai Kuznetsov, Patrick Blackett, Virginia Apgar, Walter Brennan, and James J. Braddock.

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In Mexico

Among people born in Mexico, David Alfaro Siqueiros ranks 29 out of 487Before him are Chespirito (1929), Vicente Fox (1942), Andrés Manuel López Obrador (1953), Lázaro Cárdenas (1895), Francisco I. Madero (1873), and Luis Barragán (1902). After him are Alejandro González Iñárritu (1963), Cantinflas (1911), Linda Christian (1923), Carlos Salinas de Gortari (1948), Miguel de la Madrid (1934), and Julia Pastrana (1834).

Among PAINTERS In Mexico

Among painters born in Mexico, David Alfaro Siqueiros ranks 3Before him are Frida Kahlo (1907) and Diego Rivera (1886). After him are José Clemente Orozco (1883), Rufino Tamayo (1899), Juan O'Gorman (1905), and Emmanuel Lubezki (1964).