Rufino Tamayo

1899-1991
Lot 303
Rufino Tamayo
Salomé
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $593
November 18, 2018
Lot 304
Rufino Tamayo
Mujer Con Sandía
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,875
November 18, 2018
Lot 131
Rufino Tamayo
Eight plates (from the Tamayo 90 Aniversario Series) (9)
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $15,000
September 30, 2018
Lot 20
Rufino Tamayo
Portrait of a Man (Hombre)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,250
June 10, 2018
Lot 21
Rufino Tamayo
Cabeza; Cabeza con Sombrero (2)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,000
June 10, 2018
Lot 8
Rufino Tamayo
Cabeza Sobre Fondo Rosa (from 8 Aguafuertes)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,313
February 25, 2018
Lot 221
Rufino Tamayo
Moon Face (Cara de Luna)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 201
Rufino Tamayo
Personaje Con Dos Árboles (from 16 Aguafuertes)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $3,500
March 5, 2017
Lot 264
Rufino Tamayo
Sandias
Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $8,750
May 22, 2016
Lot 85
Rufino Tamayo
Le Masque Rouge
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,500
October 11, 2015
Lot 86
Rufino Tamayo
Femme Souriante
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,625
October 11, 2015
Lot 143
Rufino Tamayo
Hombre en Blanco
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,125
October 12, 2014
Lot 105
Rufino Tamayo
Untitled (from Los Signos Existen portfolio)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,375
May 18, 2014
Lot 333
Rufino Tamayo
Torso Blanco
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $3,600
February 23, 2014
Lot 76
Rufino Tamayo
La Negresse
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,750
October 13, 2013
Lot 77
Rufino Tamayo
Mano Blanca
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,187
October 13, 2013
Lot 78
Rufino Tamayo
Cabeza Sobre Fondo Rosa (from 8 Aguafuertes)
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Price Realized: $3,437
October 13, 2013
Lot 403
Rufino Tamayo
La Negresse
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $2,375
May 19, 2013
Lot 449
Rufino Tamayo
Portrait of a Man (Hombre)
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $2,500
October 7, 2012
Lot 380
Rufino Tamayo
Hombre en Fondo Verde
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,250
May 6, 2012
Lot 381
Rufino Tamayo
Sandias
Estimate: $80 - $100
Price Realized: $50
May 6, 2012
Lot 188
Rufino Tamayo
Mujer con Sandia (Woman with Watermelon)
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,960
October 9, 2011
Lot 306
Rufino Tamayo
Perro Herido
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,500
June 26, 2011
Lot 307
Rufino Tamayo
Mujer Sonriente
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $2,750
June 26, 2011
Lot 309
Rufino Tamayo
El Ermitano
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $2,875
June 26, 2011
Lot 448
Rufino Tamayo
Untitled
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $3,750
March 6, 2011
Lot 449
Rufino Tamayo
Untitled
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Price Realized: $3,125
March 6, 2011
Lot 331
Rufino Tamayo
Cabeza en Ochre (Head in Ochre)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,900
May 23, 2010
Lot 333
Rufino Tamayo
Demi-Poisson (Half Fish)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,450
May 23, 2010
Lot 271
Rufino Tamayo
Untitled
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $2,280
December 7, 2008
Lot 272
Rufino Tamayo
La Negresse
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,920
December 7, 2008
Lot 318
Rufino Tamayo
Man in the Doorway #2
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,440
December 3, 2006

About The Artist

Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991), a painter and prolific printmaker, is one of Mexico’s most celebrated artists. Along with his artistic peers, such as José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, Tamayo’s work defined 20th century Mexican art and brought it to the attention of an international audience. Despite his association with the Mexican muralists, who believed that art should embody revolutionary ideals, Tamayo did not share their political convictions, opting instead for more oblique symbolism. This led to some controversy and Tamayo emigrated to New York in 1926, later moving to Paris in 1949, though he eventually returned to Mexico permanently in 1959.

Tamayo studied art at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas at San Carlos in 1917, where he encountered the work of the Impressionists, the Fauves and the Cubists. Inspired by such progressive approaches to painting, he began experimenting with abstract forms and the flatness of his work, along with his gestural brushstrokes, testifies to this international influence. Tamayo’s use of simplified, flat, figurative forms, sometimes floating in space, other times depicting nightmarish animals, also suggests the importance of Surrealism to his work, which he encountered during his time in New York.

At the same time, Tamayo’s paintings acknowledged the vitality of Mexican traditions. He became familiar with the art of pre-Columbian civilizations during his tenure at the National Museum of Archaeology in Mexico City and was himself of Zapotecan Indian descent. His affinity with indigenous cultures is expressed in his forms and sensuous, dusty colors and this earthy, limited palette was a deliberate strategy on the part of the artist, intended to emphasize the force of his compositions. Though Tamayo created murals, he was a painter at heart and rhapsodized about the possibilities available within the form, “The easel is a laboratory, a field of experimentation without limitations," he argued, "and its limited surface covers all the potentialities for an artist.”

Tamayo’s output was diverse and also included woodcuts, lithographs, etchings and Mixografia ® prints, made between 1925 and 1991. This latter method was pioneered by the artist and is a print-making process that results in a three-dimensional textured effect.

Tamayo’s work is featured in prominent public collections around the world including Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco; San Diego 

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