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Omar Rayo (Colombian, 1928–2010)
LOT ID: 82787
Raiz Katia, 1990

Acrylic, on canvas.
26.5 х 26.5 in. (67.31 x 67.31 cm.)
Signed, dated, titled, and inscribed twice "OMAR RAYO ROLDAYORK, 1990, RAÍZ KATÍA" on verso.
Lot description
Known for his geometric abstraction, Prizewinning Colombian-born painter Ómar Rayo (1928-2010) employed optical illusions through geometric abstractions, as here in his painting "Raiz Katia" (1990). In this way, the artist created a complicated and lyrical multi-dimensional effect, referred to as Op Art, a style he pioneered, and was his particular focus. His images interact with viewers and force people to look beyond the image and into deeper meaning. This work measures 26.5 x 26.5 inches (67.3 x 67.3 cm), comes unframed in excellent condition, with hanging, installed dimensions notably larger at 36.5 x 36.5 inches (92.7 x 92.7 cm).

Many of the artist’s paintings, engravings, and other artworks are placed in the Museum of Rayo de Dibujo y Grabado Latinamericano, which was founded on January 20, 1981, in Colombia. The museum featured more than 2,000 of Rayo's works as well as 500 works by other Latin artists. Besides the Museum de Rayo de Dibujo y Grabado Latinamericano, the artist’s work has been featured in the National Room of the Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts of Mexico, and many other galleries and museums throughout the world. Rayo spent his life educating people about art. He collapsed while eating breakfast at his home on June 7, 2010, and died on the way to the hospital after suffering from a heart attack. Without Rayo at its helm, the museum couldn't have endured the difficult times it was in, although a foundation was developed to help support the museum and promote Latin American Art.
Raiz Katia by Omar Rayo
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