- Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991)
While he couldn’t be enrolled in the Federal Art Program because he was not an American citizen, Rufino Tamayo was one of the highly influential Mexican Muralists of the 1930s, along with David Siquieros (1896-1974), José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957). He was invited along with Rivera and Siquieros as part of a delegation to present on the state of Mexican Mural work to the annual meeting of the American Artists’ Congress in 1936. Tamayo’s work was similar to that of his counterparts, principally Social Realist in style, and reflective of indigenous cultures in Latin America. His late-career Quetzlcoatal is a large scale print depicting the ancient Mesoamerican feathered serpent deity, a patron god of the arts, crafts, learning and knowledge.