WATER FOR LIFE, INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION 2018: Message from Rina Lazo, Famous Muralist Painter, Mexico


ABOUT: RINA LAZO WASEM (b. October 23, 1923) is a Guatemalan/ Mexican painter, who began her career in mural painting with Diego Rivera as his assistant. She worked with him from 1947 until his death in 1957 on projects both in Mexico and Guatemala.

As a member of the Mexican muralism movement, she has remained an active painter, better known for her mural works than canvases although the latter have been exhibited in Mexico and other countries making her one of Guatemala’s better known artists. Her early artistic, social and political life was strongly tied with that of the famous Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

As a disciple of Rivera and Kahlo, Lazo is part of the Mexican School of Painting or Mexican muralism movement. Working with the muralists, she learned that artists should not be isolated from society, but rather “be in the streets” and observe what is happening.

Lazo felt that art and artists today have become too commercialized and no longer committed to social causes. She was most supportive of Water for Life, International Art Exhibition as it continues her artistic work with Diego Rivera, to promote clean water and to end the thirst of humanity.

Lazo quoted: “Diego Rivera would be very proud if he knew about this group exhibition project, I think it is very important to be aware that all human beings should have enough water to live with dignity.”

From Left to Right: Prof. Matty Roca, International Art Critic and Historian, Angelina Herrera, International Cultural promoter/ Event Coordinator, la Maestra Rina Lazo, famous Muralist Painter and Antoine Gaber, Artistic Director, Water For Life during their visit at the Diego Rivera Museum, in Mexico City.