15 Latin American Artists Who Made Geometric Abstraction What It Is Today
Signature: signed, titled and dated "Omar Rayo - 62 - Washington Square" on the reverse
Collection of Julien J. Studley, New York
Thence by descent to the present owner
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