27 x 51 1/2 in. (68.6 x 130.8 cm)
(Oaxaca, Mexico, 1899 - 1991, Mexico City)
Medium and Support:
Mixograph on handmade paper
Hilda Coates Fund
Location: Not currently on view
Rufino Tamayo is considered by many to be the father figure of contemporary Mexican art. Although he lived in New York City and Paris for many years, Tamayo’s work was always informed by his deep affinity for his own Zapotec Indian culture. The subject of this print is Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent who in Zapotec mythology was the god of the winds. Tamayo, a master printmaker, found mixographs particularly suited to his personal style. Using a wax slab rather than a conventional metal plate or stone, the mixograph technique allows the artist to create a painterly, textured surface.
[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]