Posts Tagged ‘venezuela’

Artist of the moment…….Oswaldo Vigas



Oswaldo Vigas was one of the most famous Venezuelan artists of all time. Oswaldo Vigas was born in Valencia, Carabobo, Valenzuela in the year 1923.

Vigas attended college where he studied medicine, but never practiced. After finishing with school he immediately pursued a career in the arts attending several local universities before moving to Paris, France and studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

Below we visit the studio of Oswaldo Vigas. The interview has English subtitles:

One of Vigas’ favorite subjects to paint were witches.

Oswaldo Vigas passed away on his 90th birthday in 2014.

Over his lifetime the artist had more than 100 solo exhibitions of his works.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $250,000. The artist was a painter, print maker, sculptor, and ceramics artist. He worked in oils, acrylics, and gouache.




Artist of the moment……..Street Artist Sat One


SatOne is a street artist and illustrator originally from Venezuela now living in Germany. SatOne was born in La Victoria, Venezuela in the year 1977. He began working with graffiti when he was fifteen years old.

SatOne’s official government name is Rafael Gerlach.

The artist is very successful as a commercial artist and has worked with international brands including Adidas shoes and Ford Motor Company.

In this clip we view a time lapse of SatOne at work on a new piece:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

SatOne does a great job at developing very unique forms, shapes, and colors in his work. It always looks like its supposed to be there which is a great tribute to his high level of design.


Artist of the moment………Elba Alvarez

Elba Alvarez is a wonderful artist who works with the landscape and also creates abstract art. Elba Alvarez was born in the year 1944 in Pedernales, Venezuela. Alvarez landscapes usually are a play on water, sunlight, and clouds.

For her artistic education Alvarez moved to Paris, France.

Alvarez would then move to the United States and New York City where she began a successful art career.

Price range information: Sorry none available. The artist works mainly with oils on canvas but also produces prints of her work .

I enjoy the wonderful organic shapes and depth achieved by this artist in her abstract works.


Artist of the moment….Arturo Herrera

Arturo Herrera is a contemporary artist born in Caracas, Venezuela in the year 1959. His style involves using collage alongside cartoons in his paintings. Herrera has also done a fair amount of work with sculpture. For his sculpture and collage work Herrera enjoys working with felt.

Arturo Herrera has been featured on the Art21 series shown the public broadcast system. A clip from this show below.

From the Museum of Fort Lauderdale we see a mural painted by Arturo Herrera.

The artist is based out of New York City and Berlin, Germany.

Price range information: The artist works in many mediums including painting, photography, and sculpture. Works range from $1,000 to $389,000 for a piece sold at auction in May of 2013. This work was untitled and is a collage of cartoons, comic strips, and classified ads.

Part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Art Institute of Chicago.


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!