Victor Vasarely

Victor Vasarely was a Hungarian-French artist credited with having created the Op Art movement. Vasarely was born in Pécs and grew up in Budapest, Hungary. Vasarely initially studied medicine at the Budapest University in his early 20s but he finally abandoned to study fine art and classical painting at the Muhely Academy instead. Vasarely first became a graphic designer and a poster artist during the 1930s combining patterns and organic images with each other. He left Hungary in 1930 and settled in Paris with his family. As a painter, Vasarely created intricate abstractions that suggested depth and dimensionality using a variety of optical illusions with surfaces seeming to bulge out of the canvas. His works present colour, form, and pattern as a single interconnected element—a concept that was critical to the foundation of the Op Art movement and the focus of his mature works. Vasarely placed a primary importance on the development of an engaging, accessible visual language that could be easily understood by everybody. For the artist this language was made with precise combinations of lines, geometric shapes, colours, and shading, he created eye-popping paintings, full of the illusion of depth, movement and three-dimensionality. He insisted, ‘pure form and pure colour can signify the world’. That was what Op Art was about, a language as a geometric abstraction. During his life, Vasarely has been attached to be an active support of art in public spaces. It starts with the decoration of the Caracas University in 1954. He then designed murals of metal and ceramic, mainly for buildings in France. He also designed the official spiral-shaped logo of the 20th Olympic games in Munich. As a recognition of his works, The Vasarely Museum in the artist's birth-town Pécs was opened in 1976, followed by the opening of a second museum in Zichy Palace in Budapest in 1987. Vasarely's work has been presented on numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues, including Palais de Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Palais International des Beaux-Arts,Brussels; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Taft Museum, Cincinatti; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris; Salon d’Automne, Grand-Palais, Paris; Cultural Centre, Modena, Italy; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona; Midland Center of Arts, Midland, Michigan; National Museum of Fine Arts, Algiers; Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Italy; Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland; Museum Of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad; Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas.

  • Masters of Distinction

    Masters of Distinction


    September 16, 2016 - October 16, 2016

  • Entering Abstraction

    Entering Abstraction


    June 07, 2013 - June 22, 2013