Omar Rayo
Colombian, 1928-2010
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
The Mid Century Modern Aesthetic,
Alpha 137 Gallery
Omar Rayo,
Leon Tovar Gallery
The Illusive Eye,
El Museo del Barrio

Among the foremost Colombian artists, Omar Rayo was celebrated for his paintings, sculptures, caricatures, and prints. Working primarily in an abstract mode and using a palette of white, black, red, and yellow, he was among the pioneers of op art. Rayo began working in this mode upon moving to New York in 1960, after a period of extensive travel throughout South America, during which he absorbed influences from pre-Columbian and folk art. Dominated by geometric forms, including striped bands, diamonds, and circles, his decidedly two-dimensional paintings bear the illusion of having multiple dimensions. In 1981, Rayo founded a museum in his native Colombia, the Museum of Rayo de Dibujo y Grabado Latinoamericano, as a venue to showcase not only his own extensive body of work but also highlight and champion the work of his fellow Latin American artists.

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