Jesús Rafael Soto - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Phillips
  • Artist Biography

    Jesús Rafael Soto

    Venezuelan • 1923 - 2005

    Jesús Rafael Soto was born in Ciudad Bolívar and studied at the School of Visual and Applied Arts in Caracas. During this period he became acquainted with Los Disidentes, a group of artists that included Alejandro Otero and Carlos Cruz-Diez. In addition to his fellow compatriots, Soto’'s work was influenced by Kazimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian.

    The main artistic tenets evinced in Soto's works are pure abstraction, vibrations, progressions and geometric rigor. They can be seen through the use of lines and superimposed squares in his sculptures, made with paint and a series of industrial and synthetic materials. He spent much time in Europe, becoming a key member of the Group Zero movement, which included such artists as Lucio Fontana, Gunther Uecker and Yves Klein. As a result, Soto's work also incorporates modernist concepts such as light, time, movement, color manipulation and space. All of these facets place him as an important figure within the Kinetic and Op Art movements.

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The complete set of eight screenprints in colors, on heavy wove paper, loose (as issued), with title page and justification, all contained in the original blue linen-covered portfolio with screenprint on the cover and metal clasp to close.
all I. various sizes
all S. 26 3/4 x 20 1/8 in. (68 x 51 cm)
portfolio 28 1/4 x 21 1/2 x 7/8 in. (71.8 x 54.6 x 2.2 cm)

All signed and numbered 1/125 in pencil, additionally numbered '1' in pencil on the justification, published by Éditions Denise René, Paris (with their blindstamps).

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $20,320

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24-26 October 2023