Born: 1906. Died: 1997.
Hungarian-French painter, trained in Budapest and influenced by constructivist ideas.
He moved to Paris in 1930 and in the late 1940s evolved his characteristic idiom and method.
In abstract paintings he explored ambiguities of form and space and sensations of movement through patterns of black and white and contrasting colors, becoming known as a leading op painter in the 1960s.
He had a great number of exhibitions from the 1950s; the 60s saw his greatest international success: in 1965, for example, he won the first prize at the Sao Paulo Bienal.
He produced color-printed plastic tiles as modules with which, if mass-produced, we should all be able to make our own Vasarely pictures and murals, but their success was limited on account of price.
He created a Vasarely Museum in Gordes in 1970 and in 1976 formed a Vasarely Foundation near Aix-en-Provence, itself a demonstration of the application of his tiles. Another Vasarely Museum is in his Hungarian birthplace, Pecs, and New York has a Vasarely Center.
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