Julio Le Parc

Julio Le Parc, (b. 1928 in Argentina, lives and works in Cachan, France), is the pioneer of French optical art and founder of the group GRAV (Research Group on Visual Art). His objects, sculptures and paintings are labyrinthine experiments, distorting the senses and the vision. His practice relies on dematerialization, perceptive haze, formal reduction, artificial lights, environments, the audience’s implication, and varying levels of vision.

From 1960 until nowadays, his work has been widely exhibited worldwide in institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Biennale de Paris MOCA, Los Angeles (2011); Museo nacional de la Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires (2011) ; Museum Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba (2009) ; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2007) ; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2006), Centre Georges Pompidou (2006) ; Museo del Barrio, New York (2004) ; Pinacoteca, São Paulo (2001) ; II Bienal de Artes Visuais do Mercosul, Porto Alegre (1999) ;II Biennale de La Habana (1986), Palazzo Reale, Milan (1983) ; Fondation Miro, Barcelone (1978) ; Kunsthalle, Basel (1971) ; Palais des Beaux-Arts de Mexico (1968); Sao Paulo Biennale (1967) Maeght Foundation (1967); Kunsthalle Berne (1966); Biennale de Paris (1965) Documenta, Kassel (1964); Venice Biennale (1964);

He also represented Argentina at the 1966 Venice Biennale.

Le Parc has been for decades represented by famous gallery of abstract art Denise René, and he notably collaborated with French filmmaker Henri-George Clouzot, on his 1968 film La Prisonnière.