Julio Le Parc



Julio Le Parc




Julio Le Parc it's a painter It is Argentine sculptor born on 23 September 1928 in Mendoza, one of the undisputed protagonists of theOptical Art.

At the age of fifteen, he enters the School of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires, where he later graduated from the High School. From the first years of study, he manifested an interest in avant-garde movements in Argentina, such as the Art-concrete-invention movement and the spatialist movement animated by Lucio Fontana.

In 1958, Julio Le Parc obtains a scholarship from the French government and moves to Paris, where he has lived ever since. During his stay in the French capital, he establishes relationships with other Argentine artists and begins to work closely with them.

Since 1959, Julio Le Parc and his collaborators have been analyzing the work of contemporary and avant-garde artists, trying to identify contradictions and limits to overcome. In particular, they criticize the approach of artists who use free forms and arrangements on the surface and in space, preferring instead to work in a systematic way, based on sequences and progressions.

In 1960, he was one of the founding members of the Visual Art Research Group (GRAV), an artistic research group dedicated to kinetic art and visual experimentation. During GRAV's period of activity, he remained an active and influential member until the group disbanded in 1968. Through his links with GRAV, the artist is committed to promoting the active participation of the viewer in the artistic process.

Julio Le Parc is considered one of the protagonists of Optical-art, an artistic current that aims to introduce movement into the work of art. However, the artist goes beyond simply creating optical illusions on canvas. Through the use of technological devices built by himself, he explores the complexity of human visual perception. His works are not just plays of light, but real research on perception and the senses.

The artist's first works are made with natural light, plastic elements, nylon threads and moving objects. However, starting in 1962, he began to use artificial light in large devices, creating works of art that literally hypnotized the beholder. His works aim to actively involve the viewer, enveloping him in a unique sensory and visual experience.

Throughout his career, Julio Le Parc has received numerous honors and awards. In 1966, he held his first private exhibition at the Howard Wise Gallery of New York and, in the same year, he won first prize at the Venice Biennale. In 1972, his first retrospective was organized in Düsseldorf and, in 1987, he won first prize at the Cuenca Biennial in Ecuador.

Julio Le Parc's works are exhibited in major museums and galleries around the world, and his influence on contemporary art is recognized internationally. His ability to combine visual art with the active interaction of the viewer has made his work a point of reference in the field of kinetic art and Optical-art. Julio Le Parc continues to create innovative artworks and experiment with new forms of visual expression, leaving a significant footprint on the contemporary art scene.



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