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 Rufino Tamayo  (1899 - 1991)

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Lived/Active: New York / Mexico      Known for: modernist landscape, still life and figure painting

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Birth
1899 (Oaxaco, Mexico)
 
Death
1991 (Mexico)

Lived/Active
New York / Mexico


Art © Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY See Details


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modernist landscape, still life and figure painting

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Rufino Tamayo (August 26, 1899- June 24, 1991)

A native of Oaxaca in Southern Mexico, Rufino Tamayo’s father was a shoemaker, and his mother a seamstress.  Some accounts state that he was descended from Zapotec Indians, but he was actually ‘mestizo’ – of mixed indigenous/European ancestry. (Santa Barbara Museum of Art).  He began painting at age 11.  Orphaned at the age of 12, Tamayo moved to Mexico City, where he was raised by his maternal aunt who owned a wholesale fruit (showing 500 of 19442 characters).



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