(1908-1997) Victor Vasarely was born in Hungary in 1908. He began his studies in the medical field, before deciding on a career in art. Vasarely studied in Budapest at the Podolini-Volkmann Academy, then transferred to the Muhely Academy (the "Budapest Bauhaus") in 1928.
Following his first one-man show in 1930, Vasarely moved to Paris, where he was to live for all his life.
He explored optical effects within a geometric form of abstraction, utilizing graphic techniques. He arranged geometric forms in brilliant colors to create a kinetic effect. His work using optical phenomena for artistic purposes was a major contribution to the development of Op Art. Vasarely was an active supporter of art in public spaces. Collaborating with architects, he designed murals of metal and ceramic, mainly for buildings in France.
In addition, his work has been exhibited and is in permanent collections in museums all over the world. In 1970 Vasarely opened his own museum. A retrospective of Vasarely’s work traveled internationally in 1972.
In recent years two retrospectives have been staged for this artist’s work. A youtube video is available for viewing on the exhibit held at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich, Switzerland in 2014. It was titled The Rediscovery of the Artist Victor Vasarely. In 2017 another retrospective of his work was held in a museum in Istanbul. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpLTAG9IOQE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35MdxYbJCPg