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Carlos Cruz-Diez
Carlos Cruz-Diez (2013)
Cruz-Diez in 2013.
Born 17 August 1923
Died 27 July 2019 (aged 95)
Nationality Venezuelan
Occupation Visual artist
Known for Kinetic art
Op art
Notable work
Physicromie Series

Carlos Cruz-Diez (17 August 1923 – 27 July 2019) was a Venezuelan artist said by some scholars to have been "one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century."


Cruz-Diez 2013 Grand Palais Paris France
Cruz-Diez 2013 Grand Palais Paris France

In 2020, the Pérez Art Museum Miami acquired Chromosaturation (Cromosaturación), a site specific installation initially conceived in 1965, and presented in venues all over the globe, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2011), United States; Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais in Paris (2013); and Museo Würth La Rioja, Spain (2017).


  • Physichromies de Cruz-Diez: Oeuvres de 1954 à 1965, Galerie Kerchache, Paris, France, 1965.
  • Cordoba Has III Bienal Interamericana de Arte, Cordoba, Argentina, October 1966.
  • Physichromies, Couleur Additive, Induction Chromatique, Chromointerferences, Galerie Denise René, 1971, New York, NY.
  • Venezuelan Art Show presented by the Consulate General of Venezuela, Galeria Venezuela, New York, NY, October 1980.
  • Geometric Abstraction: Latin American Art from the Patricica Phelps de Cisneros Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, August–November 2001.
  • Geométriques et cinétiques, Gabinete de Arte Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo, Brésil Cruz-Diez, Galerie d'art de Créteil, France. Cruz-Diez, Galerie Lavigne Bastille, Paris, 2002.
  • Couleur événement, Galerie Lavignes Bastille, Paris, 2004.
  • Carlos Cruz-Diez: (In)formed by Color, Americas Society, New York, NY, 2008.
  • Cruz-Diez, 50 ans de recherche, Galerie Lavigne Bastille, Paris, from November 2009 to March 2010.
  • Carlos Cruz-Diez: El color en el espacio y en el tiempo, MALBA, Buenos Aires 2011.
  • Circumstance and Ambiguity of Color, at Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY, from 2 May to 28 June 2013.
  • Carlos Cruz-Diez in Black & White, Americas Society, New York, NY, 2014.
  • Carlos Cruz-Diez: Evolving Color, Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA, from 17 May until 26 July 2014.
  • Transfiguration de la couleur, at Marlborough Gallery, Monaco, from 19 March until 26 May 2015.
  • Chromatic Transfiguration, at Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY, from 28 May to 3 July 2015.
  • Light Show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, from May to 5 July 2015.'
  • Didaktik und dialektik der farbe, Kleine Museum, Weißenstadt, Germany, from 7 July to 17 October 2015.
  • Carlos Cruz-Diez: Mastering Colour, at Puerta Roja, Hong Kong, from 18 March to 25 May 2017.
  • Carlos Cruz-Diez: Luminous Reality, at Phillips Gallery, London, UK, from 16 July to 6 September 2018.
  • Carlos Cruz-Diez: Chromosaturation (Cromosaturación), at Pérez Art Museum Miami, United States, from June 10, 2022 to September 25, 2023.

Selected works


  • 1966 Grand award, III Bienal Americana de Arte, National University of Córdoba, Exact science department, Córdoba, Argentina.
  • 1967 International painting Award, IX Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil.
  • 1969 Second prize, International painting festival, Château-Musée de Cagnes-sur-Mer, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.
  • 1971 National Prize of Plastic Arts of Venezuela, National Institute of Arts and Culture (INCIBA), Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 1976 Art integration award, VI Architecture Biennale, Architecture school of Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 1981 Order of Andrés Bello, First class, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 2002 Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, París, France.
  • 2006 Doctor Honoris Causa, Casa Rectoral, Simón Bolívar University, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 2007 Doctor Honoris Causa in Art, University of the Andes, Mérida, Venezuela.
  • 2008 Honorary Medal of the city of Marcigny, Marcigny, France.
  • 2010 AICA 2009 Award, International Association of Art Critics, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 2011 Gold Medal of the Americas Society, Cipriani Wall Street, New York City. 31st Annual Spring Party, organized by Americas Society.
  • 2011 Best living artist award, Estampa 2011 fair, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2012 Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur, Officier, París, France.
  • 2012 Paez Medal of Art, New York City. (VAEA).
  • 2012 Premio Penagos, Fundación Mapfre, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2015 Turner Medal for Colour, Physical Society of London, London, United Kingdom.

See also

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