Dec 01, 2022 - Sale 2623

Sale 2623 - Lot 137

Price Realized: $ 438
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
la Ventana.

Wood block print on Japan paper, 1964. Edition of 200. Signed, R. Tufiño, and dated, 64, lower right. Numbered, 18/200, lower left. Inscribed as titled at bottom center. 355x457 mm; 14x18 inches, (plate), with full margins.

Rafael Tufiño was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Puerto Rico at age ten. He served in the US Army from 1943-1946 during the second World War. He was stationed in Panama and served on the Army Signal Corps. After the war he studied in Mexico funded by the US G.I Bill. Returning to Puerto Rico in 1949 he aligned with other artists to form the Generación de los Cincuentas, a group of artists whose goal was to create a new Puerto Rican style of art. He travelled to New York in 1954 on a Guggenheim Fellowship, and returned in 1970 to help found Taller Boricua, an artists' multidisciplinary workshop to promote and support the arts of East Harlem residents.
So revered in Puerto Rico, the governor ordered all flags to be flown at half staff and declared two days of mourning upon receiving the news of Tufiño's death.