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Artist of the moment……..Luis Tomasello



Luis Tomasello was an Argentinian artist renown for his Op Art style. Tomasello was a painter, printmaker, and sculptor. Luis Tomasello was born in Buenos Aires, La Plata, Argentina in the year 1915. Tomasello is renown for his style of placing white cubes on a white surface that play with shadows and reflections of light.

The artist studied for six years at the National Academy in Buenos Aires. He then went on to study at the Academy of Art Ernesto de la Cárcova for an additional two years.

In 1957 the artist moved to Paris, France. At that time Tomsello was part of a niche that included many Latin American artists living in Paris.

In this clip a brief interview with Luis Tomasello:

Luis Tomasello passed away in 2014 at the age of 99.

Price range information: Prints can be found starting around $10,000. Original works in acrylics range from $20,000 to $150,000. Works in wood range from $25,000 to $225,000.

Other Op Art masters already profiled here include Carlos Cruz- Diaz, Victor Vasarely, and Bridget Riley.

Here we look at very close up view of a work from Tomasello:

Tomasello reminds me of Carlos Cruz Diez as both artists pushed Op Art from images appearing on flat surfaces to three dimensional works.


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!


Artist of the moment….Carlos Cruz-Diez

Below is a clip showing how alive Op Art can be. This is a limited edition piece by Carlos Cruz-Diez.

Carlos Cruz Diez is best known for his large public works. Many sculptures use theories from op art or from kinetic art. Carlos Cruz- Diez was born in Caracas, Venezuela in the year 1923.

A clip showing some of his work from Art Basel in 2009. This work is outside a building and makes tremendous colors when sunlight hits upon it. But the viewer can get a great feeling for how Cruz-Diez uses plexiglass in his art.

A link to his own personal website:

He currently makes his home in Paris. In his lifetime he has gone back and forth teaching and working in both Paris, France and Caracas, Venezuela.

He is still alive today and is eighty- nine years old.

Was named a graphic designer for the department of education publications unit. He also was part of the teaching faculty at the Caracas School of Fine Art and the Central Caracas University.

He was chosen to teach kinetic art in Paris in 1972-73.

Two artists that influenced Carlos Cruz-Diaz were Josep Albers and George Seurat. Albers was a fantastic German artist who loved to experiment with basic geometric shapes and repeat the same color in many works. Below is an example of Albers’ signature style.

Carlos Cruz-Diez has been quite productive and has lived to be nearly nine decades old and he has been quite productive over his career. Silkscreens run from $2,000 to $170,000. Works in acrylics range from $18,000 to $722,000. Serigraphs range from $500 to $237,000.

When comparing the artist to other well known Venezuelan artists I think of the artist Jesus Soto. Soto was born in 1923 and passed away in 2005. Below is a great example of his kinetic artwork. Carlos Cruz-Diez arrived in Paris ten years behind Soto.


Cruz-Diez also was lucky in that the dictatorship that ran the country when he was born, was finished in the 1930s. The new leader, Contreras, thought artists should study European Modernist painters such as Cezanne. Many artists were encouraged to study abroad in Paris. Carlos Cruz-Diez took advantage of this great opportunity.  Venezuela came across a large oil find and this led to an increase in urban areas and machines. This new society took a liking to kinetic artists like Soto and Carlos Cruz-Diez.

Below is a great clip showing work by the artist at the 2009 Art Basel show. The work is placed outside on a building showing the viewer different effects based on changes in sunlight.

Cruz-Diez has made his focus on line, color, light,  and different perspectives for the viewer to see his art. He plays with color by using different transparent shades of plexiglass. When hit by sunlight the art really comes to life!

In 1997 a musuem named after Carlos Cruz-Diez was opened in Caracas, Venezuela.

How about trying to design a piece of Op Art or Kinetic Art today!