8th November 2005




One of the UK’s leading Spanish experts is to give a talk about revolutionary Mexican artist Diego Rivera at the University of Lincoln next week (Monday 14th November).


Mike Gonzalez, Head of the Hispanic Section and Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Glasgow, will be giving a talk entitled ‘Diego Rivera, The man who painted walls’.


Often referred to as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century, Rivera is considered to be the father of Mexican mural and modern political art.


Along with his wife and collaborator Frida Kahlo he turned the concept of art ownership on its head. Pieces of art were no longer personalised private property but through Rivera’s murals were transformed into public sharing.


In addition to this concept, Rivera also brought to life the indigenous population who had long been ignored by social commentators of all genres.

Leading Hispanist Mike Gonzalez specialises in Spanish-American culture, literature and history, film and music and the Spanish language, especially for interpreting and other vocational purposes.

His interests include the Mexican novel and modern poetry, as well as the role of music in Latin American culture.

He is the editor of the Collins Concise Spanish Dictionary and is a leading commentator on Latin American culture having broadcast on BBC Radio 4 about the history of coffee and the famous Latin American dance, the tango.


He has also helped produce courses for the BBC, including the 20-part TV series, Sueños, World Spanish.


The talk will be given in the Jackson Lecture Theatre in the main academic building on Monday 14th October at 7.30pm. Admission is free and members of the public are welcome to attend.


For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244

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