Archive for March 8, 2013

Artist of the moment…….. Jesus Rafael de Soto

Jesus Rafael de Soto was born in Ciudad, Bolivar, Venezuela in the year 1923. Soto went on to become one of the most popular artists from the country. His art is a wonderful mix of Op art and kinetic art.



At the age of 19 the artist won a scholarship to study in Caracas.

He then took off for Europe in 1950. Whilst in Paris de Soto would meet other artists that had similar artistic goals and perceptions of art. He was able to meet Yaacov Agam, Jean Tinguely, and Victor Vasarely.

In this clip the artist gives one of his last interviews. It is subtitled in English. He talks about how light inspires his work.


Watch a group of people perform the installation of one of the artists works.


By far the most interesting clip of this bunch! In this clip we actually get to walk through a penetrable work done by the artist! Its interesting to hear the sounds produced! A great way to experience an installation.

Two other artists influencing de Soto were Piet Mondrian and Kaspar Malevich.

Price range info: De Soto used many mediums in his work with the highest priced being works done using wood which range from $20,000 to $460,000. Even higher priced are acrylics which range from $20,000 to $530,000. Works done using metals range from $10,000 to $40,000.

De Soto passes away in 2005 at the age of 81 years old whilst living in Paris. His body is buried in Paris, France in the cemetery located in the 14th arrondissement of the city.

His art is included in many well known museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and also the Guggenheim.

In addition to paintings and sculpture work the artist made items called penetrables. A sculpture in which the viewer would be part of the art and view the whilst inside the art. These could also be described as installations as the viewer was meant to become part of the art. These installations are comprised of many hundred dangling tubes.

In 1973 a museum named after the artist opened in his hometown of Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela.

I love when actual artists are museum directors, I would love to see more artists emulate Damien Hirst for example. De Soto wanted an actual op-art artist to run his museum and asked the great Italian Op Art master Getulio Alvani. Alvani came to love working and exploring different surfaces. Here is a great example of Alvani’s Op Art style.


If you enjoy this style of art as much as me make sure and check out Carlos Cruz Diez. Another pioneer in the Op-Art movement that was also from Venezuela. Diez was born in 1923 and is still alive today. Below is a great example of his signature style that stresses movement and basic geometric shapes. In December I did a post on Cruz Diez if you would like to learn more about him.




Don’t be so rigid in your art appreciation! Try to appreciate all forms of art! At least respect the creativity involved!