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Victor Vasarely

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

Vasarely, who is considered one of the most prominent developers of Op Art, created a distinct aesthetic current around optical and perceptual problems. Since his days as a graphic commercial designer in Paris in the 1930s and 1940s, till his last decades promoting a new visual language for art and architectural design, Vasarely evolved as a unique artist whose virtuoso technical precision was accompanied by a scientific consciousness about geometry and perception.

The artist is internationally known for his reticular sculptures and paintings from the 1960s onwards, which play with spectators’ positions to provoke illusory effects of depth and movement. These works directly relate to a modern concern for the relationships between reality and perception.

His work is part of important 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 passed away in Paris on March 15, 1997.