August 25, 2018
Today is the birthday of Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo, born 1899 and active during the mid 20th century. Rufino rejected, for the most part, the politics of his contemporaries, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros and chose to work outside the muralist tradition for which these artist came to be known throughout the world.
He is known as a colorist and employed bright, lively colors in his work often to explore darker themes. “Mexicans are not a gay race but a tragic one…” he stated, yet Tamayo masterfully explored both the gaiety and tragedy of the Mexican experience until his death in 1991.