Today in the Americas, Rufino Tamayo

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It’s been nearly two decades since the death of Rufino Tamayo, today in 1991.

Born in 1899 in Oaxaca de Juárez, he was only a teenager during the Mexican Revolution. After moving to Mexico City in 1911, during the height of the tensions, Tamayo worked his way into the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas studying Cubism and Impressionism, in vogue at the time. Tamayo did not fit the mold of revolutionary artist like Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco or Oswaldo Guayasamin and thus left Mexico for New York (a few times) staging a farewell event.

It wouldn’t be until 1959 that Tamayo and his wife would return to Mexico permanently. He has had museums named after him and created (Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum) to house his work and art collection. He has won artistic prizes across the world. He’s had his work stolen – and found in the trash in New York City. Tamayo would paint his last portrait in 1989, at the age of 90 (Hombre con flor, seen below).

Watermellons

Watermellons

Naturaleza Muerta

Naturaleza Muerta

Amigo De Los Pajaros

Amigo De Los Pajaros

Tuvo una Larga Vida

Tuvo una Larga Vida

 Dos Hermanos

Dos Hermanos

Luna Y Sol

Luna Y Sol

Hombre con Flor

Hombre con Flor

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~ by Daniel on June 24, 2009.

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