Friday, August 26, 2016
Happy Birthday Rufino Tamayo
Mr. Tamayo's painting can be stark or lyrical, bawdy or extraordinarily delicate, allegorically elaborate or a feast of music and nature. Throughout his long career, his passionate commitment to the craft of painting is unmistakable, as is his feeling for animals and fruit and for the ceremonial pleasures of play and dance. (NY Times obit).
Modernism helped him explore the possibilities of an international language but his inspiration remained the presence and continuity of Mexican traditions. The ecstatic earthiness, the transcendent power of simple things, and his masklike faces and statuesque figures are rooted in his Indian origins and in his study of Mexican folk art and pre-Columbian sculpture. From beginning to end, his painting is saturated with Mexican color and light.
Obit NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/1991/06/25/obituaries/rufino-tamayo-a-leader-in-mexican-art-dies-at-91.html?pagewanted=all