Antonio Asis

Antonio ASIS | Works and biography



Antonio Asis was an Argentine artist and one of the main exponents ofkinetic art.

Antonio Asis was born in Buenos Aires in 1932 and at the age of 14 he enrolled in the National School of Fine Arts of his city which he will attend until 1950. Subsequently, to the School of Belle Arti Prilidiano Pueyrredon study composition with Hector Cartier which encourages the young artist to explore the multiple applications of the principles of design and composition.

Thus begins to explore the concept of abstraction and of non-representative art, even in conversations with his classmates with whom he used to meet, after class, at Bar Splendid, a local café at the intersection of Ayacucho and Avenida Las Heras in Buenos Aires.

In 1956, Antonio Asis moved to Paris where he joined an international circuit of kinetic artists including Jesús Rafael Soto, Denise Rene, Pol Bury, Yaacov Agam and Victor Vasarely.

In this dynamic environment, Antonio Asis also began to take an interest in the study of colors, focusing on the harmony between the chromatic ranges linked to geometric shapes.

Antonio Asis also began to analyze the phenomena created by the way in which light strikes surfaces as they could be mediated through photography. In addition to light, the main object of interest for the Rio-Plateau artist were the different vibrations that a color can have even within monochromatic compositions.

Antonio Asis' first inobjective works date back to 1957 and are a perfect example of his continuous search for the dematerialization of the surface.

He became a professor, but never abandoned his research during which he tried to involve other artists and abstract theorists by founding the group in 1971 Position in which members discussed different approaches to kinetic problems.

From this moment on, the works of Antonio Asis begin to be in great demand and will be exhibited in important exhibitions all over the world. Among his most famous works stand out the famous circles reproduced in different ways to create the perception of movement and the original grids in the sculpture.

He died in Paris in 2019.