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Jesús Rafael Soto Art

1923-2005

Venezuelan Op and kinetic painter and sculptor Jesús Rafael Soto (1923–2007) is perhaps best known for his immersive installations, which respond to their environments and physically absorb the viewer in a dynamic sensory experience.

The exploration of space is central to Soto’s work. This is evident in his early paintings, of the 1950s, which create the illusion of movement through simple compositions and a limited palette. During the same period, he integrated industrial materials like nylon and steel into linear constructions that were part painting, part sculpture.

But Rafael Soto’s grandest and most enigmatic creations are his “Pénétrables.” Made up of thousands of long clear or colored plastic strands suspended from the ceiling or from free-standing steel or PVC frames, these geometric sculptures play with the perception of space, inviting viewers to act as participants by moving within and through them.

The strips of some of the installations were partly painted, forming shapes when seen from a distance. The Houston Penetrable (2014), at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for instance, appears to hold a floating yellow ellipse.

Rafael Soto created 25 “Pénétrables” over the course of his career. Each further blurred the line between reality and illusion and established viewers as not just spectators but as integral parts of the artwork itself.

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Artist: Jesús Rafael Soto
Untitled (Black and Silver)
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Cuauhtemoc, Ciudad de México
Untitled Signed Serigraphy 110 / 200 Stamp from Denise René Editeur, Paris France.
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21st Century and Contemporary Op Art Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Screen

Mirroire
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Screen-print on plexiglass and screen-print on mirror. Signature and number on the back; Edition of 99pc
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Early 2000s Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Glass, Mirror, Plexiglass

TES AZULES Y NEGRAS (3D WALL SCULPTURE)
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Aventura, FL
From the Sintesis Series. Screen print on Plexiglass with metal rods. Signed, titled, and numbered on label verso. Numbered 14/110. Published by Editions Denise Rene, Paris. A...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

Jai Alai Suite Ed 87 of 300
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Miami, FL
“Jai Alai Suite” 1969 Perspex, nylon thread, and steel Ed 87 of 300 19 x 6 x 6 in
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1960s Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Steel

Anillo Edition Denisse Rene 33 pieces
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Miami, FL
Jesús Rafael Soto was a Venezuelan artist known for his kinetic sculptures and large-scale installations. Like Alexander Calder and George Rickey, Soto’s delicate and responsive cons...
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20th Century Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Stainless Steel

"Homenaje al Humano," Jesus Rafael Soto, Latin American Optical Art Sculpture
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Larchmont, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto (Venezuelan, 1923 - 2005) Homenaje al Humano, 1975-76 Screenprint on wood with painted metal 19 1/2 x 26 x 5 inches Edition 99/175 Published by Edición Transworld...
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1970s Op Art Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

Estructura Cinetica (from the Sotomagie Portfolio)
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A mixed media work by Jesus Rafael Soto. "Estructura Cinetica (from the Sotomagie Portfolio)" is an Op art mixed media, silkscreen on Plexiglass with metal rods in a palette of black...
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Late 20th Century Post-War Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

Jai Alai Suite Edition 60 of 300
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Miami, FL
Jesús Rafael Soto was a Venezuelan artist known for his kinetic sculptures and large-scale installations. Like Alexander Calder and George Rickey, Soto’s delicate and responsive cons...
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20th Century Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

Untitled
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this color screenprint on heavy white wove paper. Signed and numbered 8/100 in pencil. Published by Edition Domberger, Stuttgart, and Artists United for Nat...
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1990s Op Art Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Color, Screen

Jesús Rafael Soto - Hand-Signed Relief Screenprint, 1985
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Varese, VA
Jesús Rafael Soto ( 1923 - 2005 ) - Hand-Signed Relief Screenprint, 1985 Additional Information: Material: Relief Screenprint on Fabriano paper Edited in 1985 Limited edition, numbe...
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20th Century Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Screen

Permutation, Kinetic Sculpture, Geometric Abstraction, Aluminum
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Milano, IT
Optical Objects in a handy format produced by Plura Editions, dating back to the late Seventies. This object is part of a series of optical objects in a handy format produced by Plur...
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1970s Op Art Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Plexiglass

Untitled (Olympic Centennial)
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this color screenprint on Arches. Signed and numbered 58/250 in pencil. Published by Puma Trading, Paris, or Editiones Catalanes, Barcelona, for the Interna...
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1990s Op Art Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Color, Screen

Ovalo en el Rojo Edition 105/110
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Miami, FL
Jesús Rafael Soto was a Venezuelan artist known for his kinetic sculptures and large-scale installations. Like Alexander Calder and George Rickey, Soto’s delicate and responsive cons...
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20th Century Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

Permutation
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Screen-print on plastic and metal. Signed and numbered at the back. Signed Edition of 120
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Mid-20th Century Contemporary Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

MIROIRS D'ARTISTE (3D WALL SCULPTURE)
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Aventura, FL
Mirrored glass and silkscreened plexiglass wall sculpture. Incised artist signature and edition on verso. From the EA edition of 20 (there is also the main edition of 99). Artwork...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Mirror, Plexiglass, Screen

Jai Alai Suite
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Miami, FL
Jesús Rafael Soto was a Venezuelan artist known for his kinetic sculptures and large-scale installations. Like Alexander Calder and George Rickey, Soto’s delicate and responsive cons...
Category

20th Century Jesús Rafael Soto Art

Materials

Steel

Kinetic OP Art Silkscreen by Jesus Rafael Soto
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Jesus Rafael Soto, Venezuelan (1923 - 2005) Title: Red Row Year: Circa 1980 Medium: Screenprint on Arches, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 150, AP 25 Image Size: 16 x ...
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1970s Op Art Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Screen

Untitled (from the Jai-Alai Series) 1969
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Miami, FL
Untitled (from the Jai-Alai Series) 1969 wood, paint, metal and nylon thread signed and numbered ‘SOTO, 31/300’ (on the base) published by Marlborough Gallery, New York. Jesús Rafae...
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20th Century Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

Mirroire d'Artiste
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Jesus Rafael Soto, Venezuelan (1923 - 2005) Title: Mirroire d'Artiste Year: 2005 Medium: Mirrored Glass and Silkscreened Plexiglass Wall Sculpture, signature and number ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Op Art Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

Ovalo Rojo
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Jesus Rafael Soto, Venezuelan (1923 - 2005) Title: Ovalo Rojo Year: Circa 1980 Medium: Screenprint on Arches, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 150, AP 25 Paper Siz...
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1970s Op Art Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Screen

Ovalo Verde
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Jesus Rafael Soto, Venezuelan (1923 - 2005) Title: Ovalo Verde Year: circa 1980 Medium: Screenprint on Arches, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 150, AP 25 Paper Si...
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1970s Op Art Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Screen

Jesús Rafael Soto, Quadrato, 1974, Edition Denise René. Ed. 32/75
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Miami, FL
Jesús Rafael Soto Quadrato 1974 Edition Denise René. Ed. 32/75 Acrylic on aluminum with painted metal rods 45.7 x 40 x 32 cm 17.9 x 15.7 x 12.5 in. Jesús Rafael Soto (1923 - 2005) ...
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1970s Kinetic Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Mixed Media

Vibrations Metalliques
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Jesus Rafael Soto (June 5, 1923 - January 14, 2005, Venezuelan) Vibrations Metalliques 1969 painted metal with metal rod with nylon string 10 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 5...
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1960s Kinetic Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

Jai-Alai Suite: Multiple V
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto Untitled (Jai-Alai no. 5), 1969 wood with four square metal sections, edition of 300 19 3/4 x 6 x 6 in.
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1960s Abstract Geometric Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

Jai-Alai Suite: Multiple IV
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto Untitled (Jai-Alai no. 2), 1969 white and black wood with red metal bar, edition of 300 19 3/4 x 6 x 6 in.
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1960s Abstract Geometric Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

CUADRADO Y CURVAS VIRTUALES (3D WALL SCULPTURE)
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Aventura, FL
From the Sintesis Series. Screen print on Plexiglass with plastic and chrome steel rods. Signed and numbered on label affixed to verso. Numbered 66/110. Published by Editions D...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

La spirale
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto La spirale, 1955-59 screen printing on plexiglass and painted plywood, edition MAT of 100 19 5/8 x 19 5/8 x 9 3/4 in.
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1950s Abstract Geometric Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Plexiglass, Plywood, Screen

Kinetic OP Art Silkscreen by Jesús Rafael Soto
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Jesus Rafael Soto, Venezuelan (1923 - 2005) Title: Expo 60 - ARC Musee D'Art Moderne Ville De Paris Year: 1969 Medium: Screenprint, signed in pencil, verso, ink stamped Edi...
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1960s Op Art Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Screen

Jesús-Rafael Soto - Tes Azules Y Negras - Kinetic Sculpture, 1979
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Varese, VA
Jesús-Rafael Soto ( 1923 - 2005 ) - Tes Azules Y Negras - kinetic sculpture, 1979 Additional information: Material: Kinetic sculpture, edited in 1979, made with Screen printing on t...
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20th Century Kinetic Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

Jai-Alai Suite: Screen Print A
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jai-Alai Suite: Screen Print A, 1969 screenprint on plexi, edition of 300 24 1/4 x 19 3/5 in.
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1960s Abstract Geometric Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Plexiglass, Screen

Untitled (Variation en noir violet et bleu)
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto Untitled (Variation en noir violet et bleu), 1970 etching with embossing, edition of 95 37 x 37 in.
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1970s Abstract Geometric Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Etching

Untitled
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto Untitled, 1970 etching with embossing, edition of 95 37 x 37 in.
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1970s Abstract Geometric Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Etching

Jai-Alai Suite: Screen Print B
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto Jai-Alai Suite: Screen Print B, 1969 screenprint on plexi, edition of 300 24 1/4 x 19 3/5 in.
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1960s Abstract Geometric Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Plexiglass, Screen

Untitled (circles and lines)
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto Circles and Lines, 1970 screenprint, edition of 95 37 x 37 in.
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1970s Abstract Geometric Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Screen

Expo 60 - ARC Musee D'Art Moderne Ville De Paris
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Jesus Rafael Soto Expo 60 - ARC Musee D'Art Moderne Ville De Paris 1969 Screenprint on Cardboard 27 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. Edition of 1000 Signed on bottom right, si...
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1960s Kinetic Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Mixed Media, Cardboard, Screen

Untitled
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto Untitled, 1970 embossing with etching, edition of 95 37 x 37 in.
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1970s Abstract Geometric Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Etching

Jai-Alai Suite: Screen Print C
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto Jai-Alai Suite: Screen Print C, 1969 screenprint on plexi, edition of 300 24 1/4 x 19 3/5 in.
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1960s Abstract Geometric Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Plexiglass, Screen

Jai-Alai Suite: Screen Print D
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto Jai-Alai Suite: Screen Print D, 1969 screenprint on plexi, edition of 300 19 1/2 x 24 1/4 in.
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1960s Abstract Geometric Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Plexiglass, Screen

Screenprints A, B, C, D from the "Jai-Alai Series"
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Screenprints A, B, C, D on perspex (plexiglas) from the "Jai-Alai Series". Available individually or as a set, complete with portfolio. Edition of 300.
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1960s Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Plexiglass, Screen

Untitled
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto Untitled, 1970 etching with embossing, edition 6 of 95 37 x 37 in. (94 x 94 in.)
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1970s Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Etching

Untitled
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto Untitled, 1970 etching with embossing, edition 39 of 95 37 1/4 x 37 1/4 in. (94.6 x 94.6 cm)
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1970s Abstract Geometric Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Etching

Untitled
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto Untitled, 1970 etching with embossing, edition 39 of 95 37 1/4 x 37 1/4 in. (94.6 x 94.6 cm)
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Etching

Untitled
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Jesús Rafael Soto Untitled, 1970 etching with embossing, edition 37 of 95 37 1/4 x 37 1/4 in. (94.6 x 94.6 cm)
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1970s Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Etching

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