Rufino Tamayo ( Mexican, 1899 - 1991 )
This color lithograph by Mexican printmaker Rufino Tamayo demonstrates the artist’s return to obscured, mysterious, and ominous abstracted figures in his work. Here Tamayo prints a perfectly symmetrical man, standing prominently in the center of the image. The vibrant orange-red background contrasts with the rusty, hardly decipherable, yet partitioned limbs of the man’s body. A darker ink is added throughout the print, applied generously and speckled unevenly, encompassing the man’s body in a cloud of smoke. The chaos suggests the figure teeters on the edge of dissolving into amorphousness.
Erin Piñon, Tower Gallery: Latin American Art, Label text, 2017.