Carlos Cruz-Diez

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Carlos Cruz-Diez
Born on August 17, 1923, in Caracas, Venezuela, Carlos Cruz-Diez has worn many hats. Including a theater set designer, ad man, muralist and fine artist. His graphic work is all about chromatic investigations, how color can create a sense of movement and participation as well as being a universal language unburdened by cultural barriers. His kinetic energy and color exploration, made him a key member of the Op Art movement. His work also based on the moiré effect, where lines of contrasting color give the illusion of movement. Cruz-Diez is able to create complex situations between color and observer without the use of symbols or narrative. His legacy lives on at the Carlos Cruz-Diez Print and Design Museum in Caracas, Venezuela. Opened in 1997, it remains open to the public offering educational resources and supporting contemporary Venezuelan artists. Cruz-Diez is also included in museum collections around the world (as well as public art sites) including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; the Centre National d’Art Contemporain Georges Pompidou in France; and the Des Moines Art Center, among others.
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