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

---

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]

 

More    Up

Curriculum Vitae
Photographies
Location map
Location / interactive map
Search
Keyword
ResetSearch
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
S2 Sotheby’s Gallery
31-33 St George St, Mayfair, London W1S 2FL, United Kingdom
27.04.18 - 13.07.18

Museum fur Konkrete Kunst
Tränktorstraße 6-8, 85049 Ingolstadt, Germany
18.03.18 - 16.09.18

Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern
105 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007, USA
12.05.18 - 13.01.19

Sala de arte Santander
Av. de Cantabria, 2, 28660 Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, Spain
20.02.18 - 10.06.18

Espace de l'Art Concret
Château de Mouans, 06370 Mouans-Sartoux, France
24.06.17 - 10.06.18

Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital, Military Road
Kilmainham, Dublin 8
D08 FW31, Ireland
13.10.17 - 30.09.18

Puerta Roja Gallery
189 Queen's Rd W, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
10.05.18 - 21.07.18

Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
07.03.18 - 08.07.18

Tate Modern
Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom
17.06.16 - 31.12.18