Mesoamerica | Frida, Diego & The Muralists
Chicana/o Art | Mictlan | Nepantla Aesthetics
Golden Age of Mexico

"My Nurse and I"
Frida Kahlo


By the 1930's, a number of well known Mexican artists and intellectuals who helped inform this national aesthetic began collecting native Mexican popular arts as a natural extension of their life interests, passions, and pursuits. Mexican painting in particular, the public mural became a dominant vehicle of transmitting not only a revolutionary consciousness, but a didactic tool in challenging the political color hierarchy in Mexico. Indigenous cultures, history and peoples dominated the emerging visual landscape appearing on the public walls of Mexico. Among the artists who were critical to this emerging iconography and cultural reclamation in post revolutionary Mexico were Saturnino Herran, Gerardo Murillo, known as Dr. Atl, Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Maria Izquierdo, Miguel and Rosa Covarrubias, and, of course, Frida Kahlo.