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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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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

Ovalo en el Rojo
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Miami, FL
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20th Century Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

Jai Alai Suite Edition 60 of 300
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Miami, FL
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20th Century Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

Jesús Rafael Soto, Escritura Blanca y Cadmio, Paint Wood, Metal, and Nylon, 1977
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Miami, FL
The artwork is signed and dated on the back and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Comité Soto. . Jesús Soto (1923-2005) belongs to the generation of young L...
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1970s Kinetic Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Metal

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

Untitled (from the Jai-Alai Series) 1969
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Miami, FL
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20th Century 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

Composition 1 (aka. "Yellow Squares")
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Jesús Rafael Soto (1923-2005) was a Venezuelan artist and defining figure of Kinetic Art and Op Art, best known for his large-scale sculptures. After completing his artistic traini...
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1970s Op Art Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Etching, Screen

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

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

Jai Alai Suite
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Miami, FL
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20th Century Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Steel, Mixed Media

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

Untitled, (Black And Silver), Original Screen Print 1970s
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in Roma, IT
Untitled - (Black And Silver) is a very colorful artwork realized by Jesús-Rafael Soto in the 1970s. Mixed colored serigraph on paper. The print is hand-signed in pencil on the lo...
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1970s Op Art Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Screen

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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Composition 2
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Etching with embossing
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1970s Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Composition 1
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Etching with embossing
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1970s Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Etching

Composition 4
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
Etching with embossing
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1970s Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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Composition 3
By Jesús Rafael Soto
Located in New York, NY
etching with embossing
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1970s Jesús Rafael Soto Art

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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

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