midterm essay - Stephenie Lai October 14, 2008 ARTS 2050...

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Stephenie Lai October 14, 2008 ARTS 2050 Rufino Tamayo’s Life Reflected in His Artwork Rufino Tamayo had an interesting life. He was born in 1899. For most of his life he lived with his aunt in Mexico City where he worked in her fruit shop. When Tamayo began painting, he refused to use his art to make political statements. For this, he was seen as a “traitor” to the people of Mexico City. In 1926, Tamayo decided to leave the country for New York. There, he was appreciated for his unique and vibrant masterpieces. In 1929, Tamayo decided to return to Mexico City. Finally, his artwork was accepted and praised in his own hometown. In 1934, Tamayo married Olga Flores Riva, a concert pianist. Riva always seemed to stay in the background of Tamayo’s life. She was never a burden and their marriage hardly suffered. Riva served as Tamayo’s muse and is featured in many of his paintings. The couple lived happily until 1991 when Tamayo died of an acute stroke. Throughout Tamayo’s artistic career, his paintings have always reflected his life
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course ARTS 2050 taught by Professor Broome during the Fall '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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