Biography

The Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (Caracas, 1923) has lived and worked in Paris since 1960. He is a major protagonist in the field of Kinetic and Optical art, a movement that encourages “an awareness of the instability of reality.” His body of work has established him as one of the key twentieth-century thinkers in the realm of color.

Carlos Cruz-Diez’s visual art explores the perception of color as an autonomous reality evolving in space and time, unaided by form or support, in a perpetual present.

His artworks are housed in prestigious permanent collections at institutions such as:

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
Tate Modern, London
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne

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In my works, color appears and disappears during the course of a dialogue with real space and time. What also emerges is the undeniable fact that the information we have acquired and the knowledge we have memorized throughout our lifetime are, probably, not true… at least to some extent.

 

When we view color through an “elementary prism” that has been stripped of pre-existing meanings, it can awaken other sensory perception mechanisms that are more subtle and complex than those that have been ingrained in us by our cultural conditioning and the constant, ubiquitous barrage of information we face in our contemporary society.

Carlos Cruz-Diez
Reflexión sobre el color [Reflection on Color], Fundación Juan March, 2009 [ed. or. 1989]

 

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
La Caja, Centro Cultural Chacao
Av. Tamanaco, El Rosal,
Caracas, Venezuela
17.04.16 - 05.06.16

Museum für Moderne Kunst - MMK2
TaunusTurm
Taunustor 1
60310 Frankfurt am Main
24.03.16 - 04.09.16

El Museo del Barrio
1230 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029, USA
03.02.16 - 21.05.16

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebaek, Denmark
04.02.16 - 05.06.16

Daelim Museum / D Museum
5-6, Dokseodang-ro 29-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
05.12.15 - 08.05.16

Espace Expression
317 NW 28th st.
Miami, FL 33127, USA
01.12.15 - 31.07.16