Christie's, the leader in Latin American Art, features the most exciting art from colonial, modernist, surrealist, and contemporary masters who have helped shape the artistic landscape throughout the Americas.
Remarkable works from prolific modernists such as Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Dr. Atl, and Alfredo Ramos Martínez have broken records at Christie's and figure prominently in the Latin American auctions. Profoundly influential artists such as Wifredo Lam, Matta, Candido Portinari, and Emiliano di Cavalcanti have been represented by compelling works that confirm their preeminent status in this category. Surrealists Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Gunther Gerzso, and Wolfgang Paalen, as well as rare gems from artists that have defined particular turning points in the history of Latin America's visual arts such as Mathias Goeritz, Julio Le Parc, Hélio Oiticica, and Jesús Rafael Soto, have historically been offered. Contemporary masterpieces by Fernando Botero, Claudio Bravo and Tomás Sánchez, always highlights of the auction season, have consistently been part of these vibrant sales.
Christie's maintains the world auction record for Latin American Art with Rufino Tamayo's Trovador, which achieved $7,209,000 in May 2008 and holds numerous other world auction records including: $5,010,500 for Matta’s La révolte des contraires (May 2012); $2,573,000 for Fernando Botero’s Adam and Eve (November 2014); $905,000 for Juan Manuel Blanes’ Aurora (November 2014); Alfredo Ramos Martínez’s top two auction records Flowers of Mexico for $4,072,000 (May 2007) and Mujeres con flores for $2,741,000 (November 2014); Candido Portinari’s top two auction records Meninos soltando pipas for $1,443,750 (May 2013) and Navio negreiro for $1,142,500 (May 2012); works by international contemporary artists such as Gego’s Dibujo sin papel 85/13, which achieved $701,000 (May 2015); $785,000 for Abraham Palatnik’s Sequencia Visual S-51 (November 2013); $506,500 for Julio Le Parc’s Seuil de Perception, Continuel-lumiére-mobile (November 2010); $362,500 for Hélio Oiticica's Metasquema (Dois brancos) (November 2010). Christie's has also achieved exceptional auction results in recent years for works by Remedios Varo such as Vampiros vegetarianos, $3,301,000 (May 2015), Claudio Bravo’s Red Paper, $1,385,000 (May 2015), Joaquín Torres-García’s Composition TSF, $1,565,000 (May 2014) and Leonora Carrington’s The Giantess, $1,142,500 (May 2009).