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Omar Rayo, ‘Appointment for a Fireman’, 1965, Leon Tovar Gallery
Omar Rayo, ‘Appointment for a Fireman’, 1965, Leon Tovar Gallery
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Omar Rayo

Appointment for a Fireman, 1965

Oil on wood and canvas
14 × 14 × 2 in
35.6 × 35.6 × 5.1 cm
$30,000
Location
New York
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Signed, dated, and titled on the back
Omar Rayo
Colombian, 1928–2010
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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.

Omar Rayo, ‘Appointment for a Fireman’, 1965, Leon Tovar Gallery
Omar Rayo, ‘Appointment for a Fireman’, 1965, Leon Tovar Gallery
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About the work
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Painting
Signature
Signed, dated, and titled on the back
Omar Rayo
Colombian, 1928–2010
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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.

Omar Rayo

Appointment for a Fireman, 1965

Oil on wood and canvas
14 × 14 × 2 in
35.6 × 35.6 × 5.1 cm
$30,000
Location
New York
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