(1899 - 1991)
Rufino Tamayo was active/lived in New York / Mexico. Rufino Tamayo is known for modernist landscape, still life and figure painting.
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Biography Rufino Tamayo
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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 business.
In 1917, he entered the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts, but left soon after to pursue independent study. Four years later, Tamayo was appointed the head designer of the department of ethnographic drawings at the Nationa
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