The art world will miss Carlos Cruz-Diez

Posted on Jul - 31 - 2019

In the history of art, certain names stand out from among the crowds of artists and creators, figures whose works changed the course of artistic production and inspired the generations to come. One such artist was Caracas-born Carlos Cruz-Diez, one of Latin America's most prominent artists and a true master of Kinetic Art. In Paris, July 27, the renown artists passed away at the age of 95, leaving behind a robust and abundant legacy of work that shaped the field of kinetic and optical art during the 20th century. 

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courtesy: Atelier Cruz Diez

Cruz-Diez's career spanned over 70 years, beginning in his home country of Venezuela, but migrating soon after to Paris, where he acquired French nationality and remained for most of his lifetime. 

His work is often found in the leading museums around the world, such as the Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Center Pompidou in Paris and many, many more, as no section on art from the 20th century would be complete without him. 


A prolific artist, Cruz-Diez, said that his art "constantly changes because light constantly changes." The artist used various types of media, from paintings and sculptures to installations, serigraphs, and urban interventions. Not only are his paintings and installations found in the walls of private and public collections, but also in public spaces such as the Simón Bolívar airport in Caracas, where his large-scale lines cover the walls and floors of the building. Furthermore, many places around the world also host Cruz-Diez' urban interventions that adorn pedestrian crossings. From Miami's revitalized Wynwood neighborhood to the ephemeral interventions on four crosswalks in Guatemala City's city center as part of the "20 Bienal de Arte Paiz", the colorful interventions charge any neighborhood with Cruz-Diez's unique touch. 

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courtesy: Art Basel
 

Carlos Cruz-Diez left behind extensive research on form and color, which has contributed to new chromatic perspectives. The artist was also a pioneer in integrating spaces as part of his pieces with the hopes of enticing spectators and creating an immersive experience. Generations of art lovers have been touched and inspired by his bold and original creations, and the art world will feel the void he has left. 

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz

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