Exhibition Details

Location: Lyon Gallery
Dates: September 21, 2013
to April 6, 2014


Known for his vibrant paintings, Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) was also an accomplished and prolific printmaker, creating prints alongside paintings for the entirety of his career. The works included in this exhibition bear witness to Tamayo’s innovative strategies for creating abstract human forms that nevertheless retain ties to figuration. Tamayo’s preferred print technique was lithography, but in the 1970s he invented a new printing method he called mixografia, a means of using mixed media in the printing process to create works with pronounced surface textures. The exhibition features works drawn from the collections of the Phoenix Art Museum and the Arizona State University Art Museum, as well as from private collections across the Valley. Organized in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Mexican Art, Rufino Tamayo, Master Printmaker celebrates this group’s noteworthy contributions to the Phoenix Art Museum’s collection of Mexican art.

About Friends of Mexican Art

Friends of Mexican Art first began with an exhibition of Mexican artworks at the Jewish Community Center in Phoenix in 1963. Assembled primarily from Valley collectors, the exhibition featured 40 works and drew more than 1000 visitors in ten days. The shows resounding success, educating Valley residents on the art and culture of its neighbor the South, inspired 30 enthusiastic art lovers led by founder and first president Zoe Levy, to form Friends of Mexican Art (FOMA). Just one year after its formation, the group enjoyed its first museum exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum in 1964.  For 50 years, FOMA has continued its mission to present vital and meaningful trends in Mexican art through lectures, exhibitions, new acquisitions, travel tours, seminars, language classes and social programs. Their work has impacted the Latin American collections and exhibitions of Heard Museum, Arizona State University Art Museum and Phoenix Art Museum, as they bring the people of Arizona an enhanced understanding and appreciation of Mexican art and culture.

Exhibition Sponsors

The exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and sponsored by The Milena and Tony Astorga Family Foundation.