Luis Tomasello (Argentinian, 1915 – 2014)

Argentinian artist, Luis Tomasello, began working in Paris in the late 1950s after he graduated from the Academy of Fine arts in Buenos Aires, where he studied painting. In Paris, he began working with a group of artists who strayed from abstract constructivist conventions and moved toward cinetism. Cinetism was an artistic mode formed around optical illusion made popular from 1950-1963. The artist is particularly known for his avant-garde series ‘Atmosphères Chromoplastiques’ in which white cubes are placed upon a white background, toying with the eye of the viewer  by means of optical illusion.  Artists such as Mondrian have influenced Tomasello’s work as he focuses on linear and geometric abstraction and more notably, shape and color. In 1957, the artist began working in modes of relief, after coming out of a residency in Paris. After the residency, this relief work became more focused on shape and color and strayed from notions of geometric abstraction.

“I went to relief as an experience, and in that process, I discovered the wonderful world of light. The reflection of color on the surface fascinated me and that is what I’ve worked on ever since.”- Tomasello

The art of Luis Tomasello has been held in various international exhibitions, including ones in Paris, Madrid and New York. Later in the artist’s career, work became focused on architectural and environmental applications.