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Victor Vasarely

Victor Vasarely was born in Pécs (today Piešťany, Slovakia) and grew up in Budapest, Hungary.

Vasarely is widely accepted as the "grandfather" or leader of the aesthetic movement known as Op Art. Vasarely provided us with some of the most distinctive images and optical effects of 20th century art. From his days as a commercial graphic designer in Paris in the 30s and 40s, until his last decades developing and marketing what he hoped would become a new universal language for art and architectural design, Vasarely led a unique course that combines virtuous technical precision with a scientific awareness of optical and geometric effects.

Victor Vasarely is internationally recognized for his paintings and sculptures in the form of a grid from the 60s onwards, they play with the sense of the reader's visual position creating illusory and flickering effects of depth, perspective and movement. In making the act of looking one of its main themes, these works speak of a modern concern focused on the difference between what we can see and what is really there.

His work is part of important institutional collections such as: Georges Pompidou National Center of Art and Culture, Paris, France; The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, USA; The Museum of the District of New York, USA; Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, Argentina and the National Museum of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, among many others.

Victor Vasarely died at age 90 in Paris on March 15, 1997.