Portrait of the Bourgeoisie 1939

A powerful muralist of both moral/political conviction and bold experimental skill and style, David Alfaro Siqueiros is one of the important figures of Mexico’s Socialist Muralist Movement.

He is said to have helped Jackson Pollock find his drip painting technique by introducing more liquid paint and working with Pollock when he visited New York.  His work is a blend of Political Realism, bold Shape Choices one find in some Ab-Ex work, and Surreal forms and imagery that honestly elicit some anxiety in me.

His work is steeped in personal hardship through social norms, oppression, and technology used by the wealthy to invade Depression Era life.  I respect his imagery, his bold devotion of art as political and life, and his craft.

Echo of a Scream 1937