We are thrilled to have Alvaro Cardona Hine's wife, artist Barbara Cardona-Hine, in conversation with Santa Fe Poet Laureate (2010-2012), Joan Logghe.
Conversations with Diego Rivera: The Monster in His Labyrinth by Alfredo Cardona Peña, Translated by Alvaro Cardona-Hine
A year of weekly interviews, 1949-1950, with Mexico’s most prominent and provocative artist
These weekly intimate Sunday dialogues with what is surely the most influential Mexican artist of the twentieth century depict the free-flowing mind of a man who was a legend in his own time: an artist who escaped being lynched on more than one occasion, a painter so controversial that his public murals inspired movements, or, like the work commissioned by John D. Rockefeller, were ordered torn down. In his San Angelín studio, Diego Rivera discloses his feelings about the elitist aspect of paintings in museums, his motivations to create public art for the people, and his memorable, unedited expositions on the art, culture, and politics of Mexico.
The book loosely follows the range of the author’s questions and Rivera’s answers. From childlike, yet vast questions on the nature of art, through Rivera’s early memories and aesthetics, to his iconoclastic views and elegant analyses of life, politics, and the art world of that time. The work is all the more remarkable to have been captured between Rivera’s inhumanly long working stints of hours or even days without stop. For the first time, this extraordinary and rare exchange has been translated into English by Alfredo’s half-brother: poet Alvaro Cardona-Hine.
About the Authors
Alfredo Cardona Peña was a poet, essayist, journalist, and science fiction writer from Costa Rica, considered one of the greatest Latin American authors of the 20th century.
Alvaro Cardona-Hine, was a native of Costa Rice and half-brother of author Alfredo Cardona Peña. Translating Alfredo’s interviews with Diego Rivera was a labor of love for Alvaro, the fulfillment of a promise he had made in 1971.