Among the Mexican 20th century artists Rufino Tamayo occupies one of the front ranks. Besides oil paintings, the extensive oeuvre of Rufino Tamayo, who had completed art studies in Mexico, also comprises large-sized murals and print art. As far as his style is concerned, his art is characterized by a thorough examination of Impressionism and later of Cubism and Surrealism, additionally, he is occupied with regional folk art and pre-columbine art treasures. Rufino Tamayo merged these multifaceted impulses to striking compositions with a powerful stroke of the brush and a rich, often lucent coloring, which has a stronger emphasis on the expressive color rather than on the local coloring. Animals and figures, and still lifes of fruits count among the artist's preferred subjects. Works by Rufino Tamayo have been in the focus of large retrospectives, among others, in Berlin. The Museo Tamayo in Mexico City offers a comprehensive overview of the fascinating oeuvre of Rufino Tamayo.