Today if you visit the Google Mexico Search engine homepage you will see the Google Doodle for Rufino Tamayo. He was born on the 26th of August 1899 and died on the 24th of June 1991. Rufino Tamayo was a Mexican Painter of Zapotec heritage. The Zapotecs are an indigenous people of Mexico. The population is concentrated in the southern state of Oaxaca, but Zapotec communities exist in neighboring states, as well.
Rufino Tamayo was active in the mid-20th century in Mexico and New York, painting figurative abstraction with surrealist influences. I am not too familiar with the works of Rufino Tamayo but was able to identify the Google doodle from one of his murals which were painted in 1964 in the “Museo Nacional de Antropologia de ciudad de Mexico”.
Rufino Tamayo works are very popular in Mexico and can be admired in different places across Mexico. It is interesting how Google have chosen to use the mural for the doodle, with only minor differences to the original image.
Rufino Tamayo (1899 – 1991).-Originally from Oaxaca. He studied at the National School of Fine Arts between 1910 and 1919 in Mexico City. He practiced a theme away from the social and political meaning of their peers. He was interested in conveying emotions through color and form, creating monumental figures. Some of his most important murals are “Duality” at the National Museum of Anthropology and “The Birth of nationality” at National Institute of Fine Arts.