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Over five decades, Antonio Asis has achieved an original oeuvre in painting and sculpture that has been exhibited across Europe, South America and the United States.
"Born in Buenos Aires in 1932, Antonio Asis embarked on a life in art at age 14 when he enrolled in Argentina’s Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes. In the mid-20th century Buenos Aires was an important site for the development of post-war abstraction. Of particular note was the creation in 1944 of the Asociación Arte Concreto-Invención, a group devoted to the aesthetic legacy of geometric abstraction developed by Piet Mondrian and Theo Van Doesburg. With this foundation and subsequent explorations in the vibration of color in geometric structure, Asis moved to Paris in 1956 joining many Argentine artists in time for the genesis of optical-kinetic art.
Invigorated by the Parisian art world, Asis aligned himself with an international community of artists that included Jean Tinguely, Yaacov Agam, Victor Vasarely and Jesús Rafael Soto – all central figures in the exploration of dynamic motion in the phenomenon of visual perception. Spurred by his European contemporaries, action painting in America, molecular biology and space exploration, and kinetic works by Marcel Duchamp, Vladimir Tatlin and Alexander Calder, Asis embraced the concept of an art that produced perceptual experiences, inviting interaction through real or illusory movement. As his art evolved, in two and three dimensions, Asis combined mediums, such as perforated metal sheets mounted over geometric paintings to create dizzying op effects in the 1960s, or later, acrylic paintings of overlapping spheres on wood panel, mirroring cell replication. For 60 years Asis has immersed himself in a meticulous study of the visual energy between light, color, movement and sensory illusion.