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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!