June 10, 2010

Omar Rayo, 1928-2010.

Colombian painter and plastic artist Omar Rayo has passed away. Primarily active in optical art (Op art), Rayo — the winner of the 1970 Salón de Artistas Colombianos (Salon of Colombian Artists) — was perhaps best known for his works employing abstract geometry. Having begun his career as a caricaturist, Reyo completed his artistic studies via correspondence with the Academia Zaer of Buenos Aires.

Some 2,000 of Rayo's works (examples can also be viewed here) are on permanent display at the Museo Rayo de Dibujo y Grabado Latinoamericano in his hometown of Roldanillo, a facility inspired by Mayan architecture — designed by Mexican artist Leopoldo Gout — which also houses some 500 works by other Latin American artists. Since opening in 1981, the Museo Rayo has become an important cultural centre for the exhibition and study (of engraving in particular) of Latin American art.

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