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A painter and muralist, Diego Rosales was born on April 20, 1927 in San
Pablo Tepetlapa, Coyoacan, Mexico D.F. In 1945, at the age of 18,
he drew Diego Riveras attention by showing him a few of his own
drawings. Rivera, pleased by what he saw, personally recommended
in writing that Rosales attend the national school of paint and
sculpture, "La Esmeralda".
In 1947, while still studying at that school, Rosales was chosen among
the best students to become a member of Diego Rivera's team. By
1950, Diego Rosales was collaborating on Rivera's mural, Disembarkment in Veracruz, located in the first floor of the national palace of Mexico.
At the same time he was named chief of the technical team at the
National Institute of Bellas Artes (INBA). In 1951, he went on to
further work with Diego Rivera on his mural "Water, Origin of Life on Earth"
located at Carcamo del Rio Lerma, Bosque de Chapultepec. Rivera
chose to incorporate the figure of Diego Rosales as a man carrying a
shovel in the section of horticulture of this massive and elaborate
In 1952, at the age of 25, Rosales was again chosen to work with Rivera in his then controversial Pesadilla de Guerra, Sueno de Paz".
Besides being credited with various restoration projects of murals by
Jose Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera, Rosales has created a few of his
own. In 1960 he completed a 110 square meter mural called La conquista y el Tormento a Cuauhtemoc, located in the Civil Registry building in downtown Coyoacan. Also in 1987, he finished an impressive mural, Jesus Reyes Heroles,
in the House of Culture a government building from the 19th century
also located in Coyoacan. In 1991, he finished and presented a mural in
homage to the president of Mexico, Lazaro Cardenaz, (1934-1940) and the
legendary engineer, Eduardo Chavez, for their very important
collaboration by creating the infrastructure to make Mexico today a
rich country in the agriculture sector.
Throughout the last 60 years Diego Rosales has continued painting and
also has pursued his other passion by putting together a priceless
collection of over twenty thousand pieces of pre-Hispanic
artifacts. Maestro Rosales is currently creating a 400 square
foot mural at the Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, in Miami Florida.
Information provided by Bernardo Junco, Director, Diego Rosales Museum
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