Rufino Tamayo

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    Rufino Tamayo (1899 – 1991)

    “Sandias Rojas”

    1967
    Oil and sand on canvas
    39 x 35 inches
    99 x 89 cm

    Provenance
    Acquired directly from the artist’s studio by the present owner
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    Rufino Tamayo (1899 – 1991)

    “El Hombre de los Globos”

    1965
    Oil on canvas
    16 x 24 inches
    40 x 60 cm

    Provenance
    Directly from the artist’s state
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    Rufino Tamayo (1899 – 1991)

    “Carnavalesca”

    1969
    Lithograph in colors on Rives BFK paper – Edition of 150
    29.5 x 22 inches
    75 x 56 cm

    Provenance
    Directly from the artist’s state
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    Rufino Tamayo (1899 – 1991)

    “Hombre Rojo”

    1976
    Mixography
    30.25 x 22 inches
    77 x 56 cm

    Provenance
    Directly from the artist’s state
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    Rufino Tamayo (1899 – 1991)

    “Mujer con Sandía”

    1959
    Lithograph
    30 x 22 inches
    76 x 56 cm

    Provenance
    Directly from the artist’s state
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    Rufino Tamayo (1899 – 1991)

    “Perro de Luna”

    1973
    Color lithograph on wove paper
    22.5 x 30 inches
    57 x 77 cm

    Provenance
    Directly from the artist’s state
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    Rufino Tamayo (1899 – 1991)

    “Personaje con Red”

    1982
    Color mixography
    35 x 29 inches
    89.5 x 73.5 cm

    Provenance
    Directly from the artist’s state
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    Rufino Tamayo (1899 – 1991)

    “El Personaje”

    1975
    Color lithograph
    30 x 22 inches
    76 x 56 cm

    Provenance
    Directly from the artist’s state

Rufino Tamayo

Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) was an influential Mexican painter and printmaker, recognized for his masterly use of color and distinctive artistic techniques. Influenced by a variety of different movements such as Cubism and Surrealism, Tamayo was strongly drawn to pre-Columbian art. 

Born in 1899, he moved to Mexico City at the age of 11 to live with his aunt after becoming orphaned. His studies revolved around art and he devoted himself entirely to creating artwork. He became the head of the Department of Ethnographic Drawing at the National Archeology Museum in Mexico City, where he drew pre-Columbian objects found in the museum’s collection. 

Tamayo’s subjects range from his iconic watermelons, to people, and animals. When describing the importance of his work, he said, “Art is a means of expression that must be understood by everybody, everywhere. It grows out of the earth, the texture of our lives, and our experience.” After the Mexican Revolution, Tamayo strayed from his contemporaries, and started creating work that he believed was representing the traditional Mexico. 

He moved to New York City with his wife from 1937-1948 and had his first show at Weyhe Gallery. Tamayo’s career continued to grow and gain credibility. Along with Luis Rema, Tamayo pioneered a new print-making technique called mixografia. This technique allows for a traditional lithographic print to be created in relief, adding further dimension and texture to the work. 

Tamayo’s work is exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world, including in many important private and public collections: Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum, Mexico City, Mexico; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; San Francisco Museum of Art, California; The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. 

 

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