Artist Spotlight: Carlos Cruz-Diez

Posted on August - 18 - 2015

In honor of his birthday, Scoop Art is recognizing Carlos Cruz-Diez and 92 years of pure genius!

Born in Venezuela on August 17, 1923, Cruz-Diez has dedicated his life to art, which he refers to as a series of “investigations”, as everything he completes is a product of methodical purpose and nothing is done randomly, except for the combination of colors he selects.

Through variation in color, he manages to create an autonomous reality that is a reflection of the message he is trying to convey. His artwork is then, in his own words, “an integration of the rational and the emotional. I don’t get inspired: I reflect”.

After studying art at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Caracas, Cruz-Diez moved to Paris in 1960, where he was a central figure in the kinetic art movement (along with other Scoop Art favorites such as Jesus Rafael Soto and Alejandro Otero).  The artist has mastered the usage of materials such as plexiglas and stainless steel, and has worked with various mediums and techniques such as canvas, lithography and even electric motor. 

His family created the Carlos Cruz-Diez Foundation in 2005, dedicated to the conservation and development of his artistic legacy. His work is also a permanent part of collections in museums such as MoMA in New York, Centre Geroges Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London.

“Art is a complex structure of communication, expression, discovery, intention.”

By: Daniela Serra