Medium
Signature
Signed in pencil on lower-right
Publisher
Taller de Grafica Mexicana, Mexico City

Rufino Tamayo, a Mexican artist of Zapotecan Indian descent, combined European painting styles and Mexican folk motifs in his paintings and prints. Tamayo, admired the works of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Henri Matisse, developed a strong interest in pre-Columbian art while working at the National Museum of Archaeology in Mexico City. He reacted against the political overtones of the Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco; instead, he was concerned with form and symbolism, and combining Mexican styles with Cubism and Surrealism. He was also active in the development of Mixografia, a printmaking technique used to create deep textured effects.

High auction record
$7m, Christie's, 2008
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
TamayoHecho a Mano
Marlborough at IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair 2019Marlborough New York
2016
Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Untitled, 1974

Lithograph on Arches paper
27 1/2 × 19 1/2 in
69.9 × 49.5 cm
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Location
Santa Monica
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Medium
Signature
Signed in pencil on lower-right
Publisher
Taller de Grafica Mexicana, Mexico City

Rufino Tamayo, a Mexican artist of Zapotecan Indian descent, combined European painting styles and Mexican folk motifs in his paintings and prints. Tamayo, admired the works of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Henri Matisse, developed a strong interest in pre-Columbian art while working at the National Museum of Archaeology in Mexico City. He reacted against the political overtones of the Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco; instead, he was concerned with form and symbolism, and combining Mexican styles with Cubism and Surrealism. He was also active in the development of Mixografia, a printmaking technique used to create deep textured effects.

High auction record
$7m, Christie's, 2008
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

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