Biography of Julio Le Parc
Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc is one of the forefathers of the Op Art and Kinetic Art movements which were popular across the world during the 1960s. He is celebrated for his perceptually illusory paintings, sculptures and installations that present a utopian vision for art and society and break down the boundaries between the viewer and the work. He refers to his works as “disturbances in the artistic system,” a phrase which denotes his ability to manipulate how we perceive things.
Born in 1928 in Mendoza in Argentina, Julio Le Parc attended the School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires before moving to Paris in 1958. He co-founded the “Visual Art Research Group” in 1960. The group’s ethos was based on Victor Vasarely’s idea that the notion of the sole artist was antiquated. They built their practice on a desire to influence the behavior of their spectators—something which Julio Le Parc has continued to carry throughout his work.
Julio Le Parc’s innovative use of color, shadow, light and movement enables him to create static forms that appear to move and play with our understandings of material. In his pieces, lines wave, the solid dematerializes and light becomes plastic. The artist continues to live and work in France, now in the suburbs of Paris.
Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Perrotin’s gallery spaces in both New York and Paris, the Serpentine Gallery in London, Palais de Tokyo in Paris and Perez Art Museum in Miami. He won the Grand Prize for Painting at the 33rd Venice Biennale in 1966. His work is held in the collections of prestigious museums worldwide including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.