Rufino Tamayo

1899 - 1991, Mexico

Rufino Tamayo was born in Oaxaco, Mexico on August 26, 1899.

The internationally admired Mexican artist Tamayo focused his work on printmaking, paintings and sculpture.

From 1917 to 1921, he attended the School of Fine Arts in Mexico City. In 1921, Tamayo became the head of the ethnographic drawing department at the National Museum of Archeology in Mexico City. 

 In 1974, he founded the Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art through the donation of his collection of pre-Columbian art.

The work of Tamayo has been presented in several shows at Gary Nader gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, including the group exhibitions: Latin American Masters, Latin American Art Modern Masters and Contemporary, Latin American Modern and Contemporary Art, among others.    

Tamayo’s work is held in several public collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, among others.

Rufino Tamayo died in Mexico City on June 24, 1991

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