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Tamayo - Ref. 822 Mascara

 - Ref. 822 Mascara
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76 x 56 cm


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Renowned Mexican artist who masterfully represents the symbolism of his land in his works with a language that is both surrealistic and expressionistic. He enjoys great international recognition and prestige.

He was born in Oaxaca, Mexico on August 25, 1899, and passed away in Mexico City on June 24, 1991. His work reflects his rational, emotional, instinctive, physical, and erotic strength. His production expresses his own concepts of Mexico. He never followed the trend of other contemporary Mexican painters, whose work, identified with various political stances, Tamayo did not accept as a proposal. Diego Rivera, openly affiliated with communism or Trotskyism, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, a communist with radical positions, are examples of that.

Tamayo’s political-ideological stance has often been criticized; however, dozens of documents preserved in important public and private archives in Mexico, the United States, and Europe portray him as an artist identified with socialism but respectful of individual peculiarities.

Rufino Tamayo was an artist always in search of new techniques. Together with Lea Remba, he created a new type of graphic technique known as mixography; printing on paper to which depth and texture are added. One of Tamayo’s most famous mixographs is "Dos Personajes Atacados por Perros" (Two Characters Attacked by Dogs).

His paintings and mixographs have been exhibited in museums such as The Philips Collection in Washington, DC, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, United States. In Mexico City, the museum with the most significant collection is the Museum of Modern Art in Chapultepec Park.

The museum named after him, Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, is exclusively dedicated to contemporary art and does not regularly exhibit his work.

Rufino Tamayo received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manila in 1974, from UNAM in 1979, from Berkeley in 1982, and from the University of Veracruz in 1991.

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