Victor Vasarely

*1908 im Pécs, Hungary

The founder of OpArt

Victor Vasarely, born in 1908 in Pécs, Hungary, is considered the founder of Op Art and one of the most important artists of the 1960s and 70s.

As early as 1944, Vasarely was already working with abstract, constructivist and early kinetic art, including works by Duchamp, Calder, Man Ray and Tinguely. From 1947 onwards, he created geometric-abstract compositions based on projections of square, diamond, triangular, circular and rod-shaped constructions and a color canon of 220 colors developed by himself, with which he achieved ever stronger 3-dimensional pictorial effects. In the 1950s, Victor Vasarely became the initiator of a new art form that focused on optical movement effects and perceptual phenomena – Op Art.

Represented in leading museums and collections worldwide

In the 1960s and early 1970s, Victor Vasarely became the most exhibited and most collected artist of his time. Vasarely was represented at Documenta I-III (1955, 1959, 1964) as well as in numerous solo museum exhibitions around the world. In 1970, a Vasarely Museum was opened at Chateau de Gordes, in 1976 the Vasarely Foundation in Aix-en-Provence and the Vasarely Museum in the artist’s birthplace in Pécs, Hungary. Finally, in 1987, the Vasarely Museum opened in Zichy Castle in Budapest.

Vasarely also made his mark as a designer throughout his life. In 1972, he designed the diamond emblem for Renault and the spiral logo for the Olympic Games in Munich.

More than an insider tip for art investors

Vasarely’s works have been experiencing a renaissance on the art market for some years now. Originals are constantly fetching record sums and renowned museums are dedicating extensive retrospectives to the artist, such as the Museum Folkwang (2008), the Städel Museum Frankfurt (2018/2019) and the Centre Pompidou Paris (2019).