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Jesús Rafael Soto

Jesús Rafael Soto in Penetrable (1973), Parque García Sanabria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, September 1995

Photograph: © Courtesy of Carlos A. Schwartz

(Venezuela, 1923- France, 2005)

Jesús Rafael Soto was one of the representatives of kinetic art, having participated in the group exhibition “Le mouvement” (1955), at the Denise René Gallery in Paris, one of the foundational moments of the style. Throughout his career, he was prominent for the redefinition of the social role of art, grounded upon ample research about the spatio-temporal unity of the artistic object.

Having studied Fine Arts in Caracas, he moved to Paris in 1950, where he joined The Dissidents, a Venezuelan collective of artists that sought to renovate artistic practices back in their country of origin. Even though he has been commonly associated with Op Art, Soto’s work is rather characterized by the continuous study of movement and the dematerialization of the form, producing kinetic constructions in which the active participation of the spectator is key.

In 1958 he began Vibraciones, a series consisting of the overlap, in various levels, of grids and mobile objects that create infinite possibilities of vibrations and variations. Soto achieves the creation of works that are accessible to any and all public, without distinction of age or cultural capital, appealing to the very experience of the subject in relation to the artistic object.

 

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Cuadrados a la vertical, 1976

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154h x 52w x 15d cm
60 80/127h x 20 60/127w x 5 115/127d in

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Color y cuadrados, 1988

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63h x 62w x 14d cm
24 102/127h x 24 52/127w x 5 65/127d in

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Le carré violet, 2001

Paint on wood and metal

53h x 52w x 17d cm
20 110/127h x 20 60/127w x 6 88/127d in

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Gran viola, 1991

Paint on wood, metal and nylon

203h x 152w x 17d cm
79 117/127h x 59 107/127w x 6 88/127d in

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Trois Cercles, 1996

Paint on wood, metal and nylon.

40h x 70w x 15d cm
15 95/127h x 27 71/127w x 5 115/127d in

Unique

Jesús Rafael Soto

Maquette de la Sphère Lutetia, 1994-2014

Acrylic and metal

55h x 45w x 45d cm
21 83/127h x 17 91/127w x 17 91/127d in

Edition of 100

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Vibración en la masa transparente, 1968

Plexiglass structure

24h x 12w x 8d cm
9 57/127h x 4 92/127w x 3 19/127d in

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Estela, 2004

Plexiglass and metallic bars

70h x 17w x 17d cm
27 71/127h x 6 88/127w x 6 88/127d in

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Cuadrados a la vertical, 1976

Paint on wood and metal

154h x 52w x 15d cm
60 80/127h x 20 60/127w x 5 115/127d in

Jesús Rafael Soto

Color y cuadrados, 1988

Paint on wood and metal

63h x 62w x 14d cm
24 102/127h x 24 52/127w x 5 65/127d in

Unique

Jesús Rafael Soto

Le carré violet, 2001

Paint on wood and metal

53h x 52w x 17d cm
20 110/127h x 20 60/127w x 6 88/127d in

Jesús Rafael Soto

Gran viola, 1991

Paint on wood, metal and nylon

203h x 152w x 17d cm
79 117/127h x 59 107/127w x 6 88/127d in

Unique

Jesús Rafael Soto

Trois Cercles, 1996

Paint on wood, metal and nylon.

40h x 70w x 15d cm
15 95/127h x 27 71/127w x 5 115/127d in

Unique

Jesús Rafael Soto

Maquette de la Sphère Lutetia, 1994-2014

Acrylic and metal

55h x 45w x 45d cm
21 83/127h x 17 91/127w x 17 91/127d in

Edition of 100

Jesús Rafael Soto

Vibración en la masa transparente, 1968

Plexiglass structure

24h x 12w x 8d cm
9 57/127h x 4 92/127w x 3 19/127d in

Jesús Rafael Soto

Estela, 2004

Plexiglass and metallic bars

70h x 17w x 17d cm
27 71/127h x 6 88/127w x 6 88/127d in