Jesús Rafael Soto, ‘Object Ed. mat’, 1964, Galerie Hans Mayer

About Jesús Rafael Soto

Noted as a defining figure of both the Op Art movement and Kinetic Sculpture, Jesus Rafael Soto employed industrial and synthetic materials such as nylon and steel to produce his trademark sculptural reliefs. Soto’s work dealt with pure abstraction, color theory, and the dynamic between background and foreground, as seen in works such as Vibration Blanc et Jaune (paint on wood and metal, 1959), in which the artist stimulates optical effects through the manipulation of color relationships, combining hurried black lines with interruptions of yellow and white. In the 1950s and ‘60s, Soto collaborated with Group Zero artists, including Otto Piene, Heinz Mack, Gunther Uecker, Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana and Jean Tinguely, who stressed unity on an intellectual and creative level. Soto was also influenced by- and influential to the Russian Constructivists and artist contemporaries such as Piet Mondrian.

Venezuelan, 1923-2005, Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, based in Paris, France

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Dans Son Jus, Jesús Rafael Soto, Leon Tovar Gallery, New York
2017
An Open Mind, Maddox Arts, London
2017
On View Upper East Side Location, Leon Tovar Gallery, New York
2016
The Illusive Eye, El Museo del Barrio, New York
2014
O Construtivismo Latino-Americano, Galeria de Arte Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
Dans Son Jus, Jesús Rafael Soto, Leon Tovar Gallery, New York
2014
O Construtivismo Latino-Americano, Galeria de Arte Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
An Open Mind, Maddox Arts, London
2017
On View Upper East Side Location, Leon Tovar Gallery, New York
2017
PALM BEACH MODERN + CONTEMPORARY 2017, Mark Hachem Gallery, PALM BEACH
2016
Gravitas, Leon Tovar Gallery, New York
2016
Checkmate. Games of International Art from the Sixties to Now, Cortesi Gallery, London
2016
The Illusive Eye, El Museo del Barrio, New York
2015
Fluid Formalism: Concepts in Motion, O. Ascanio Gallery, Miami
1965
The Responsive Eye, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, United States
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