1899–1991, Mexico

Name Rufino TAMAYO
Birth 1899, Mexico
Died 1991

Rufino Tamayo attended the School of Fine Arts in Mexico City from 1917 to 1921, but he was dissatisfied with the traditional art program and thereafter studied independently. He became head of the department of ethnographic drawing at the National Museum of Archaeology (1921–26) in Mexico City, where he developed an interest in pre-Columbian art. Tamayo spent many years of his career in New York City, first settling there from 1926 to 1928. He retained his ties to Mexico and returned there often, but the modern art he encountered in New York—especially the paintings of European artists Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Henri Matisse—profoundly influenced his work. Tamayo reacted against the epic proportions and political rhetoric of the paintings of the Mexican muralists, who had dominated the country's art production since the Mexican Revolution. Instead, he chose to address formal and aesthetic issues in easel paintings, fusing European styles such as Cubism and Surrealism with subject matter that often involved Mexican culture.By the 1930s Tamayo had become a well-known figure in the Mexican art scene. He lived in New York again from 1936 to 1950. During this period the various styles of his paintings ranged from the stolid figures in Women of Tehuantepec (1939) to the expressive violence of the barking mongrels in Animals (1941). He often used vibrant colours and textured surfaces to depict his subjects in symbolic, stylized, or semiabstract modes.Tamayo exhibited his paintings at the Venice Biennale in 1950, and the success of his work there led to international recognition. He went on to design murals for the National Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City (Birth of Nationality and Mexico Today, both 1952–53) and for UNESCO in Paris (Prometheus Bringing Fire to Man, 1958). Tamayo was a prolific printmaker, and he also experimented with bronze and iron sculpture.After living in Paris from 1957 to 1964, Tamayo settled in Mexico. In 1974 he donated his large collection of pre-Columbian art to the city of Oaxaca, founding the Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art. In 1981 Tamayo and his wife donated to the people of Mexico their collection of international art, which formed the basis for the Rufino Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City.

Selected Exhibitions:
2002 Roslyn Harbor, Nassau County Museum of Art, \'The Latin Century Beyond the Border\'
1998 Latin American Masters Los Angeles
1997 - 1998 Mexico City, Museo Rufino Tamayo, \'Rufino Tamayo\'
1995 Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo Mexico City
1994 The Museum of Modern Art Kamakura
1993 Nagoya City Art Museum Nagoya
1993 New York, Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art, \'Rufino Tamayo: Works from Six Decades\'
1959 New York, Knoedler Galleries, \'Tamayo\'


Rufino Tamayo est un artiste mexicain né en 1899 et décédé en 1991. Il étudie à la Escuela des Artes Plasticas de Mexico City. Il fréquente de nombreux artistes importants, notamment Frida Kahlo ou encore Diego Rivera. Ces derniers l’influencent beaucoup dans son art. En 1921, il dirige le département des dessins ethnographiques au musée d’archéologie. Entre 1936 et 1948, il vit à New York, où il est reconnu. L’art de Tomayo est très coloré et reprend souvent des thèmes traditionnels mexicains. Ses compositions rappellent celles du cubisme. Dans les années 1930, il peint beaucoup de fruits. Il s’installe ensuite à Paris, où il peint pour l’UNESCO. Il représente alors beaucoup d’animaux, avant de passer à l’abstraction dans le milieu des années 1940. En 1964, il retourne à Mexico City et fait donation de sa collection d’art précolombien à sa ville natale d’Oxaca. D’où la création du Museo de Arte Prehispanico de Mexico Rufino Tamayo. En 1981, la collection d’art moderne de l’artiste est inaugurée au Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Internacional Rufino Tomayo à Mexico City.


Perro by Rufino TAMAYO

Perro (1973)

Price USD 3,750 (€3,457)
Estimated USD 6,000–9,000
Torso De Femme, From Mujeres by Rufino TAMAYO

Torso De Femme, From Mujeres (1969)

Price USD 1,200 (€1,079)
Estimated USD 2,000–4,000
Vergonzoso (shameful) by Rufino TAMAYO

Vergonzoso (shameful) (1983)

Price USD 5,400 (€4,741)
Estimated USD 3,000–5,000
Pajaro Liberado (freed Bird) by Rufino TAMAYO

Pajaro Liberado (freed Bird) (1986)

Price USD 9,000 (€7,902)
Estimated USD 3,000–5,000
Wild Dogs by Rufino TAMAYO

Wild Dogs

Price SEK 5,100 (€576)
Estimated SEK 6,000
Hombre, Luna Y Estrellas by Rufino TAMAYO

Hombre, Luna Y Estrellas (1950)

Price SEK 4,000 (€452)
Estimated SEK 50,000
Personnage De Profil by Rufino TAMAYO

Personnage De Profil

Price EUR 800
Estimated EUR 600–1,000
Mujer Con Sandia by Rufino TAMAYO

Mujer Con Sandia (1959)

Price SEK 6,000 (€721)
Estimated SEK 8,000
Cabeza Con Pájaros by Rufino TAMAYO

Cabeza Con Pájaros (1958)

Price SEK 0 (€0) Not sold, incl. buyer's premium
Estimated SEK 8,000–10,000
Sandias Con Manzana by Rufino TAMAYO

Sandias Con Manzana (1985)

Price USD 6,325 (€5,041)
Estimated USD 4,000–6,000
Mujeres Suite: Femme Au Collant Rouge by Rufino TAMAYO

Mujeres Suite: Femme Au Collant Rouge (1969)

Price SEK 4,000 (€439)
Estimated SEK 6,000–8,000
Observador De Pájaros by Rufino TAMAYO

Observador De Pájaros (1950)

Price SEK 2,800 (€308)
Estimated SEK 4,000–5,000
Mujeres: Portrait De Femme by Rufino TAMAYO

Mujeres: Portrait De Femme (1969)

Price SEK 12,000 (€1,309)
Estimated SEK 18,000–20,000
Mujeres Suite: Femme Au Collant Noir by Rufino TAMAYO

Mujeres Suite: Femme Au Collant Noir (1969)

Price SEK 4,500 (€491)
Estimated SEK 8,000–10,000
Figura De Hombre En Azul Con Fondo Gris by Rufino TAMAYO

Figura De Hombre En Azul Con Fondo Gris (1979)

Price USD 1,696 (€1,263)
Estimated USD 800–1,200
Hombre by Rufino TAMAYO


Price SEK 9,000 (€836)
Estimated SEK 10,000–12,000
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