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(1923 – 2005), Venezuela

Jesús Rafael Soto Biography

Venezuelan-born artist Jesús Rafael Soto trained at an art school in Caracas. In 1950 he moved to Paris, which remained his base until his death in 2005. In 1955 Soto participated in Le Mouvement (The Movement) at Galerie Denise René, the exhibition that effectively launched kinetic art. During the same decade, he began making linear, kinetic constructions using industrial and synthetic materials such as nylon, Perspex, steel, and industrial paint.

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Major exhibitions of Soto’s work took place at Signals London (1965); the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (1971); the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1974); and Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris (1979). For each of these exhibitions, the artist used swaying nylon thread or plastic string to turn the gallery space into an all-encompassing, kinetic installation, in which the experience of the spectator within the constructed environment was central to the work’s meaning. Soto’s sculptures and environments often play with the juxtaposition of solid and void, deliberately unsettling the act of viewing by blurring the distinction between reality and illusion.

Text courtesy Perrotin.

Jesús Rafael Soto Featured Artworks

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Sérigraphie Theospacio (51/75) by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoSérigraphie Theospacio (51/75), 1989Screen print on paper
99 x 71 cm
galerie Denise René Contact Gallery
ST (87/100) by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoST (87/100), 1990Screen print on paper
22 x 23 cm
galerie Denise René Contact Gallery
ST (85/100) by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoST (85/100), 1990Screen print on paper
22 x 23 cm
galerie Denise René Contact Gallery
Untitled (Barroco negro) by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoUntitled (Barroco negro), 1961Mixed media on panel
95.3 x 158.8 x 15.2 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Untitled (Pour Maguy et Moamer) by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoUntitled (Pour Maguy et Moamer), 1958Paint on Plexiglas and wood
60 x 60 x 24 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Harmonie transformable / Armonía transformable by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoHarmonie transformable / Armonía transformable, 1956Paint on Plexiglas and wood
80 x 40 x 100 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Ecriture bleu central by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoEcriture bleu central, 1999Paint on wood and metal, nylon
208 x 304 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Bleu supérieur by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoBleu supérieur, 1999Paint on wood and metal
162 x 162 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery

Jesús Rafael Soto Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Jesús Rafael Soto, Carrément Soto at galerie Denise René, Espace Marais, Paris
Closed
10 October–22 November 2020 Jesús Rafael Soto Carrément Soto galerie Denise RenéEspace Marais, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Soto, Vibrations, 1950–1960 at Hauser & Wirth, 69th Street, New York
Closed
29 April–26 July 2019 Soto Vibrations, 1950–1960 Hauser & Wirth69th Street, New York

Jesús Rafael Soto Represented By

Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo

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