Omar Rayo, ‘Trapped’, 1961-1964, El Museo del Barrio

Collection OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas

About Omar Rayo

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.

Colombian, 1928-2010, Roldanillo, Colombia, based in Palmira, Colombia

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
Omar Rayo, Leon Tovar Gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Latin American Geometric Absraction, Leon Tovar Gallery, New York
2017
On View Upper East Side Location, Leon Tovar Gallery, New York
2017
Edges and Angles, Leon Tovar Gallery, New York
2016
The Illusive Eye, El Museo del Barrio, New York