The painter, artist, and set designer Manuel Mérida was born in Valencia, Edo. Carabobo, November 25, 1939.
He studied at the School of Plastic Arts Arturo Michelena (1950-58), in Valencia. He was a student of Braulio Salazar, Claudio Mimo. Between 1968 and 1973, he travels to Europe, alternating residence between Rome, Paris, London, and Barcelona.
During his time in Paris, he became friends with Carlos Cruz-Diez, which allowed him to work in his studio for two years. Upon his return to Venezuela in 1973, he began a process of setting up his work in which he included the concepts of time and space as a motive, which made him distance himself from his previous plastic style. Throughout all these years, he has combined his personal artistic activity with prolific collaborations in film projects, in which he participates with directors such as Luis Armando Roche, Néstor Rodríguez Lamelas and Max Douy.
In 1983 he returned to Paris, where he lives to this day.
Círculo Reciclaje, 1989, Painted wood, glass, sand, motor Ø 66 9/10 in (Ø 170 cm) Unique
Cercle Rose Pale, 2015 Painted wood, glass, pigment and motor 34 3/10 (87 Ø cm) Unique
Cercle Bleu Outremer, 2014, Painted wood, glass, pigment and motor, 78 7/10 in diameter (200 cm diameter), Unique
Cercle Bleu Caeruleum 2013, Painted wood, glass, pigment and motor, 49 1/5 in diameter, (125 cm diameter), Unique
Cercle Rouge Vermillon, 2011 Painted wood, glass, pigment and motor, 55 1/2 in diameter (141 cm diameter) Unique
Usuyuki / Chantier, Espace Meyer Zafra, Paris, France.
Espace Meyer Zafra, Paris, France.
Monochrome, matière, movement, Espace Meyer Zafra, Paris, France.
University of Los Andes, Merida, Venezuela.
Museum of Art, Tovar, Merida, Venezuela.
Centre de Culture et de Jeunesse, Neuilly sur Seine, France.
Embassy of Venezuela, Paris, France.
Haus van der Redoute, Bonn, Germany.
10 works in the shop windows, Hermes of Paris, NY, Monaco, Hong-Kong.
Fondation Datris, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France.
Espace Meyer Zafra, France.
Atlas Sztuki, Lodz, Poland.
Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Espace Meyer Zafra, Paris, France.
Collective Show Une Histoire du Cinétisme, Espace Meyer Zafra, Paris, France.
Collective Show Autour de Soto, Espace Meyer Zafra, Paris, France.
Collective Show Movement and Abstraction, Espace Meyer Zafra, Paris, France.
4 Maitres du Venezuela, Espace Meyer Zafra, Paris, France.
Museum of Fine Arts, Caracas.