October 25, 2007

Google Search: Rufino Tamayo

This week , Carol Vogel reported in the NYTimes that a colorful painting found in the trash was in fact painted by well-known Latin American artist Rufino Tamayo. Tamayo (1899-1991) was a Zapotecan Indian born in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. He moved to México City where he attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas "San Carlos." Tamayo was exposed to the cultural wealth of pre-Colombian México as he worked as a draftsman at the Museo Nacional de Arqueologia. While his contemporaries Siqueiros, Rivera and Orozco were advocating art with a message, often political, Tamayo's work focused on plastic forms integrated with a masterful use of colors and textures. Searching Google Images, over 5000 listings popped up for Tamayo.

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