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Carlos Cruz-Diez

Venezuelan  •  1923-2019

Biography

Carlos Cruz-Diez moved from his native Caracas to Paris in 1955, where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. He was a major protagonist in the field of kinetic and Op Art, a movement based on "an awareness of the instability of reality."

Inspired by such artists as Georges Seurat and Josef Albers, his work focuses on the kinetic energy of color and its existence as an autonomous and evolving reality, independent from form or structure. Much of his work, in particular his Physichromie series, is created by plotting lines of contrasting color alongside each other, creating an illusion of movement as the viewer's position relative to the artwork shifts.

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  • Cruz-Diez' works are displayed in the permanent collections of prestigious museums around the world including the MoMA in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

  • Since 1956, Cruz-Diez has had over 20 solo exhibitions of his work, including at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, the XXXV Biennale di Venezia in 1970, the Galerie Denise René in Paris and the Maxwell Davidson Gallery in New York.

  • Cruz-Diez has been granted many prestigious awards and honors, including the International Painting Prize at the IX Bienal de São Paulo (1967) and the rank of Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honor in France (2012).

"Color is an autonomous event that does not require form."

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