Rivera was able to talk without respite for weeks and weeks on end on life issues, his art, the violent and passionate world in which he lived. Why not take advantage of that mental machine, so full of delicious sound bites, beautiful, human, including contradictory notions of atheism and ferocity? Darkness and lightning bolts inhabited his soul, larger than life passions, thick as jungle vines, tenderness, unconformities and revelations. All that besides his work, his gigantic achievements.... Wasn't this divine liar one of the most interesting artists on the continent, not to mention the many scandals accompanying what he did? Didn't he practice the art of lying in an exquisite manner never heard of before? Weren't his cape and sword scandal itself, his political radicalism and his demon the flame of the savage past?
—Alfredo Cardona Peña