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Jesús Rafael Soto

(Venezuela, 1923- France, 2005)

Jesús Rafael Soto was one of the main figures of Kinetic art. He studied at the Caracas School of Fine Arts and later relocated to Paris in 1950, where he became a part of “Los Disidentes”, a Venezuelan group of artists that seeked to renew their country´s art scene. During his career, he developed a crucial role in redefining the reach and social function of an artwork, starting from investigating the space-time unit of an object. Soto is commonly associated with Op art and his work is characterized by the continuous study of movement and dematerialization of form,  producing Kinetic constructions in which the spectator´s active role is key. 

In 1948 he started “Vibrations”, works made by overlapping different planes of plots, of mobile objects that create infinite possibilities of vibrations and variations. Through this method he achieved to develop accessible artworks to everyone without marking age or economic differences in the spectator and appealing to the subject in relation to the art object. 

 

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Cuadrados a la vertical, 1976

Paint on wood and metal

154h x 52w x 15d cm

60 80/127h x 20 60/127w x 5 115/127d in

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Color y cuadrados, 1988

Paint on wood and metal

63h x 62w x 14d cm

24 102/127h x 24 52/127w x 5 65/127d in

Unique

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Le carré violet, 2001

Paint on wood and metal

53h x 52w x 17d cm

20 110/127h x 20 60/127w x 6 88/127d in

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Gran viola, 1991

Paint on wood, metal and nylon

203h x 152w x 17d cm

79 117/127h x 59 107/127w x 6 88/127d in

Unique

Jesús Rafael Soto

Trois Cercles, 1996

Paint on wood, metal and nylon.

40h x 70w x 15d cm

15 95/127h x 27 71/127w x 5 115/127d in

Unique

Jesús Rafael Soto

Maquette de la Sphère Lutetia, 1994-2014

Acrylic and metal

55h x 45w x 45d cm

21 83/127h x 17 91/127w x 17 91/127d in

Edition of 100

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Vibración en la masa transparente, 1968

Plexiglass structure

24h x 12w x 8d cm

9 57/127h x 4 92/127w x 3 19/127d in

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Estela, 2004

Plexiglass and metallic bars

70h x 17w x 17d cm

27 71/127h x 6 88/127w x 6 88/127d in

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Cuadrados a la vertical, 1976

Paint on wood and metal

154h x 52w x 15d cm

60 80/127h x 20 60/127w x 5 115/127d in

Jesús Rafael Soto

Color y cuadrados, 1988

Paint on wood and metal

63h x 62w x 14d cm

24 102/127h x 24 52/127w x 5 65/127d in

Unique

Jesús Rafael Soto

Le carré violet, 2001

Paint on wood and metal

53h x 52w x 17d cm

20 110/127h x 20 60/127w x 6 88/127d in

Jesús Rafael Soto

Gran viola, 1991

Paint on wood, metal and nylon

203h x 152w x 17d cm

79 117/127h x 59 107/127w x 6 88/127d in

Unique

Jesús Rafael Soto

Trois Cercles, 1996

Paint on wood, metal and nylon.

40h x 70w x 15d cm

15 95/127h x 27 71/127w x 5 115/127d in

Unique

Jesús Rafael Soto

Maquette de la Sphère Lutetia, 1994-2014

Acrylic and metal

55h x 45w x 45d cm

21 83/127h x 17 91/127w x 17 91/127d in

Edition of 100

Jesús Rafael Soto

Vibración en la masa transparente, 1968

Plexiglass structure

24h x 12w x 8d cm

9 57/127h x 4 92/127w x 3 19/127d in

Jesús Rafael Soto

Estela, 2004

Plexiglass and metallic bars

70h x 17w x 17d cm

27 71/127h x 6 88/127w x 6 88/127d in