Rufino Tamayo, a Mexican artist of Zapotec descent, combined European painting styles and Mexican folk motifs in his paintings and prints. He is widely accepted today as one of the most important artists in Mexican art history.
This exhibition at Hecho a Mano consists of lithographs created between 1950 and 1980.
Tamayo admired the works of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Henri Matisse and developed a strong interest in pre-Columbian art while working at the National Museum of Archaeology in Mexico City. He reacted against the political overtones of the Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco; instead, he was concerned with form and symbolism, combining Mexican styles with Cubism and Surrealism. Due to this choice, he was seen by some as a “traitor” to the political cause, and he felt he could not freely express his art, so in 1926, he decided to leave Mexico and move to New York.