Diego Rivera was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, in 1886. He studied painting and moved to Madrid in 1907 to continue his studies. By 1909 he moved to Paris and spent much of the next fourteen years there, until the outbreak of World War I. He traveled around Europe, including to southern France and Italy, and was influenced by the work of Picasso, Cézanne, and Renoir. When he began to study Renaissance frescoes in Italy, however, he knew he had found his medium.