Jesùs-Rafael Soto

Jesùs-Rafael Soto

He was born in Ciudad Bolivar in Venezuela in 1923. During his youth he lived both in Paris and Caracas, where he opened an atelier. At first he worked as a commercial artist, attending courses at the School of Plastic Art in Caracas. From 1947 to 1950 he ran the school of Plastic Art in Macaraibo. In 1950 he moved to Paris and in these years he created the first works whose elements were serially located in space, producing particular visual effects on viewers. Starting with these works, Soto became one of the most representative exponents of kinetic art. In 1973 Museum Soto of Modern Art was founded in Ciudad Bolivar, run for a few years by famous artist Getulio Alviani. He took part in important international exhibitions among which Biennial of Venice in 1966 and Biennial of San Paolo in 1996. He realized works for private and public institutions, such as murals for the palace of UNESCO in Paris in 1970, works for the Bank of Toronto in 1977, Forum of Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1987 and for The Olympic Garden of Seoul in 1988. He was allowed to display his production in prestigious museums like Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam in 1968; the foundation ‘Museo de Bellas Artes’, in Caracas in 1971; the Museum of Modern Art of Bogotà, in 1972; The Salon Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1974; the Palacio de Velazquez in Madrid in 1982; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas and also in Japan, at Museum of Modern Art of Kamakura. He realized for Daniel Spoerri an interactive work Spoerri’s Garden: ‘The Penetrable Sonorous”, an iron structure with 400 tubes. He passed away in Paris in 2005.

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