Omar Rayo

Colombian, 1928–2010


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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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
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15 Latin American Artists Who Made Geometric Abstraction What It Is Today
Jul 14th, 2015
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