Artist of the moment…..Omar Rayo

>Omar Rayo was a wonderful painter from Colombia that specialized in basic geometric shapes and explosive color in his work. Born in 1928 in Roldanillo, Valle del Cauca, Colomia, Rayo was one of the first internationally renown Op-artists. Some other names in the movement would be the British artist Bridget Riley and the French/ Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely. For his pallete Rayo used mainly black, white, and red. In this manner he was similar to Piet Mondrian.

price range information: Omar Rayo worked with acrylics, oils, and plastic sculptures. The works range from $10,000 to $65,000.

For his collegiate studies Omar Rayo attended the Academia Zier de Buenes Aires located in Argentina.

With his own money the artist opened up a museum to showcase his works in his hometown in Colombia. The museum contains more than 2,000 works by Rayo and more than 500 by other well known artists hailing from Latin America. The museum is a great location and besides the original artwork has a library, theater, and workshop to study graphics design. Rayo founded the museum with a majority of his own monies with some assistance from the Colombian government. The building was designed by renown Mexican architect Leopoldo Gout.

When only 19 years old Rayo got his start in the commercial art world working as an newspaper and magazine illustrator.

Omar Rayo passed away in 2010 at the age of 82 years old.

A great selection of works by the artist.

Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Part of many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Institute of Art in Chicago, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Japan.

Spent much of his life living in Colombia, Mexico, and New York city.

Omar Rayo was among the first artist to work on specially shaped canvases. In this clip we see some of these works.



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