Victor Vasarely (1906-1997) needs no introduction; he is considered one of the founders of the original Op Art movement of the mid-20th century. His illusionistic abstract paintings challenge conventional ideas of human perception by juxtaposing contrasting color and line to produce geometric surfaces that appear to vibrate and shift into three-dimensional patterns. Vasarely’s theories of color, form and composition have influenced generations of younger artists worldwide. In addition, his signature style has become part of the popular imagination.
Victor Vasarely was born in Pecs, Hungary, but spent most of his life in Paris, France. His Op Art explorations began as early as the 1930s, but came to fruition in the 1950s and 1960s. The critically acclaimed artist has exhibited worldwide, and is included in most major museum collections, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has received numerous awards, including the coveted French Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur, and three museums have been dedicated solely to his work since the 1970s.