The Graphic Art of Maestro Rufino Tomayo

A noted painter of the previous century, Rufino Tomayo created abstract art that is as well known in that world as that of his contemporaries Jackson Pollock, Diego Rivera, and Wilhelm de Kooning. While Tomayo was marginalized in the Mexican art community during the 1930s for his lack of interest in creating political art, he was later welcomed in New York City for his innovative aesthetic techniques. This visiting exhibit will focus on works from later in his career, featuring 22 graphic pieces that highlight his exploration into lithography, as well as mixographia, a technique he used to convey depth and create texture within two-dimensional images. In Tomayo's world, a snake winds its way through a sea of brown and green, red hands call out to primitive and modern art simultaneously, and the dark shadow of a woman stands among warm, golden-brown surroundings. His paintings are an inspired mix of Mexican tradition and a handful of other schools of art. A public reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 19.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: June 17. Continues through July 10, 2009

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