August 26, 1899. Rufino Tamayo (August 26, 1899 - June 24, 1991) was a Mexican painter of Zapotec heritage, born in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. Tamayo was active in the mid-20th century in Mexico and New York, painting figurative abstraction with surrealist influences.
After the Mexican Revolution, Tamayo devoted himself to creating an identity in his work. Tamayo expressed what he believed was the traditional Mexico, and refused to make overtly political works,
Moon and Sun
Tamayo was one of the first artists to utlize a new type of printed artwork called “mixografía.” Mixografía consisted of artwork printed on paper, but with depth and texture. One of his most famous mixografía was titled Dos Personajes Atacados por Perros or (“Two Characters Attacked by Dogs”).
The painting was purchased for 1.1 million dollars at auction.
Obituary from NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/1991/06/25/obituaries/rufino-tamayo-a-leader-in-mexican-art-dies-at-91.html