María Izquierdo was a Mexican painter. She was born María Cenobia Izquierdo Gutiérrez in San Juan de los Lagos in the state of Jalisco;. After her father died, when she was five years old, she lived with her grandparents and aunt afterward in small towns of Aguascalientes, Torreón, and Saltillo. Both her grandmother and aunt were devout Catholics and much of her upbringing revolved around daily Catholic traditions. At age fourteen she had an arranged marriage to a senior army officer, Colonel Cándido Posadas, and bore three children by the time she was 17 years old. In 1920 she and her family moved to Mexico City from San Juan de los Lagos where she first began to develop into a professional artist. She had a short-lived marriage and became a single mother at a very young age. Izquierdo has three children, two boys and a girl. It is said that her daughter has influenced some of Izquierdo's work, including "Ninas Durmiendo". Izquierdo and her family moved to Mexico City where she was able to go to school to study art. There she met her mentors Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo, who was also said to be her lover.