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Julio Le Parc

Mendoza, Argentina, 1928.

Le Parc is considered one of the most relevant artists of optical and kinetic art. He studied Fine Arts, but interrupted some years of his academic formation to participate in the student movements and avant-garde of Concrete Art in his native country, in which the experimentation with abstraction, the spectator role, perception and optics, was one of their fundamental concerns. 

Later in 1958, he obtained a scholarship from the French government to study in Paris. In that city he meets prestigious artists such as Victor Vasarely, George Vantongerloo, Jesús Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez and François Morellet. He is one of the founders of the Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel (GRAV) that focused his concerns on visual perception influenced by movement, refracted light and vibration. In 1966 he was recognized with the International Painting Prize of the XXXIII Venice Biennale.

One of the objectives that has covered much of his creative production, is to obtain a different type of spectator behavior - to search with him - several forms to combat passivity, dependence or ideological conditioning.

Le Parc currently lives and works in Paris, France.