Carlos Cruz-Diez, Major Figure in Kinetic Art, Dies Aged 95

Monday, July 29, 2019
Carlos Cruz-Diez, Major Figure in Kinetic Art, Dies Aged 95

Carlos Cruz-Diez, one of the major figures in kinetic art, has died at the age of 95 in Paris, his family announced Sunday. "It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Carlos Eduardo Cruz-Diez," said a statement from the family posted on the artist's website.

Image: Carlos Cruz-Diez in his studio in Paris, photo Sabine Glaubitz

 

Carlos Cruz-Diez, one of the major figures in kinetic art, has died at the age of 95 in Paris, his family announced Sunday.

"It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Carlos Eduardo Cruz-Diez," said a statement from the family posted on the artist's website.

"Your love, your joy, your teachings and your colours, will remain forever in our hearts."

 

Carlos Cruz-Diez in his studio in Paris, photo Sabine Glaubitz

 

The funeral would be held in private, the statement added.

The Franco-Venezuelan artist was born August 17 in 1923, in Caracas, and as a young student at the School of Fine Art there financed his studies by drawing comic books.

From 1960, he lived and worked in Paris.

"I started by painting slums, misery," he once said in an interview with French daily Le Figaro.

"I thought artists should be a reporter of their time and I was very admiring of the Flemish paintings such as Brueghel," he said.

"A very long and painful reflection led me not towards abstraction but towards invention. By default. When I understood that paintings could not change social problems."

In a career spanning 70 years, Cruz-Diez focused much of his attention on research into the theory of colour, applying it in his work.

His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Although he settled in Paris and eventually acquired French nationality, his art remains anchored in his native Venezuela.

One of his most large-scale works is the one covering the walls and floor of the Simon Bolivar International Airport at Caracas. Another can be found in the capital's Plaza Venezuela.

He founded three art workshops, in Caracas, in Paris and in Panama, as well as the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation in Houston, Texas, his website noted.

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