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Tamayo: A Solitary Mexican Modernist

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa


One of Mexico’s most significant modernist artists, Rufino Tamayo is recognized for having expressed his own individual style despite the domination of artistic figures such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco, who were part of a state-led project. Younger than they by ten years, Tamayo took a firm and unflinching stance against the group’s attempts to confine his work to an artistic program that promoted utilitarian art with strong political content.

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