Jesús Rafael Soto 1923–2005

Jesús Rafael Soto was a Venezuelan sculptor and painter whose optical art blurred the lines between reality and illusion. He received a scholarship to attend the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Artes Aplicadas in Caracas from 1942 to 1947 where he met fellow students Carlos Cruz-Diez and Omar Carreño. He then served as the director of the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Maracaibo, Venezuela until 1950. The same year he moved to Paris and became associated with the New Realists, later his work was exhibited at the Galerie Denise René in the groundbreaking exhibition “Le Mouvement” alongside works by kinetic artists including Yaacov Agam, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Tinguely, and Victor Vasarely.

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