Rufino Tamayo ( Mexican, 1899 - 1991 )
Likely one of Rufino Tamayo’s first Mixografia prints, this chromolithographic still life is anything but static. A technique Tamayo developed in the late 1930s when he found traditional methods of etching and lithography boring, Mixografia abandoned the usual metal plates or smoothed stones on which printmakers drew their designs. Instead, Tamayo cut his design into a beeswax plate that was then used as a mold to create the three-dimensional metal relief that would serve as the matrix for the final impression.
One of his many meditations on fruit, this print recalls the artist’s childhood vocation as a fruit vendor in Mexico City. The vibrant and saturated colors are exaggerated by Tamayo’s innovative technique, which reproduces the watermelons in high-relief onto paper.
Erin Piñon, Tower Gallery: Latin American Art, Label text, 2017.