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Emilio Rivera Merlin

 (1890 - 1977)
Emilio Rivera Merlin was active/lived in Cuba, Mexico.  Emilio Merlin is known for academic landscape, genre, and portrait painting.

Biography   Emilio Rivera Merlin

Emilio Rivera Merlin was born in Guira de Melena, Havana province, Cuba in 1890. In 1916, Merlin won a scholarship to the Academy of San Alejandro* from the city of Havana.

After four years of study at the Academy, he traveled to Europe where he visited cities throughout Italy before settling in Madrid where he was accepted at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. After his studies in Madrid, Merlin toured Spain producing 190 paintings of the Spanish urban and rural countryside and its people.

Back in Cuba in 1924 he won a commission in Mexico to paint portraits of important Mexican politicos including the President of Mexico, General Calles and the Governor of the State of Mexico Francisco Serrano.

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