RUFINO TAMAYO (Mexican (Zapotec) / 1899-1991)

The Zapotec artist Rufino Tamayo was born in Oaxaca in 1899. Orphaned in 1911, he moved to Mexico city to live with his aunt. In 1917 he enrolled in the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas. Less political than contemporaries such as Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo moved to New York in 1926, and spent much of his working life in the USA. In 1949 he moved to Paris, and in 1959 he returned to Mexico, settling back in Oaxaca, where he created the Museo Rufino Tamayo. He died in 1991, recognized as one of the most important Mexican artists of the century, whose work, influenced by Surrealism and other modern art movements, is especially notable for its mediation of Zapotec art and culture into the modern world.

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Selected prints by RUFINO TAMAYO

Standing figure, 1979

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