This museum honors the prestigious painters that Oaxaca has had and still has today. There are works of numerous talented and world-recognized artists exhibited here, but of course big names come to mind such as Maestro Rufino Tamayo, whose influence is decisive in the work of several newer artists as well as his philanthropic attitude that has been followed in present times by at least two great Maestros; the late Rodolfo Morales and in impressive amounts by Francisco Toledo. A brief note about these 3 big names follows.
Entrance Fee: Open Wed to Mon from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m
Sundays only from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Rufino Tamayo was the artist that brought Oaxaca & Ancient Mexico into universal recognition with his unique palette of soft colors, iconography and modernisms. Today there is an Art School that bears his name, where young aspiring artists are taught by established maestros and are able to find their own styles.
Rodolfo Morales passed away in 2001 and left behind a very popular style of great colors, landscapes, architectural features and people. He too became a philanthropist initiating a foundation under his name and thru it helping restore colonial buildings, churches, beginning schools of art, and many other projects out of mere good will in his home area, the valley of Ocotlan.
Francisco Toledo is today the most recognized and well established artist of modern Mexico. His work is found throughout the world and his iconography is rich in legends from his home area of Oaxaca called the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. He has an extraordinary talent that reflects in his fine detailed work, incorporating myths, animals, people, eroticism & even political ideals. He also is a philanthropist, in fact he's the most dedicated of all to help preserve the cultural heritage, help initiate artists, motivate for people to read, help in education even the prisoners while in jail, creating employment, buying then restoring old colonial buildings and turning them into first class museums such as the Museum of Graphic Arts, Arte Papel natural paper making factory, and on and on and on.