Antonio Asisborn 1932, Argentina
Antonio Asis

Antonio Asis began studying art at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes when he was 14. Subsequently, at the Escuela de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón, he studied composition with Héctor Cartier, who encouraged the young artist to explore the many diverse applications of the principles of design and composition. The class was influential for Asis, as were the after-class conversations with his classmates, which continued at the Bar Splendid, a local café at the intersection of Ayacucho and la Avenida Las Heras in Buenos Aires. Throughout the 1940s, Asis explored abstraction and non-representational art; with the publication of Arturo magazine in 1944, and the creation of the Asociación Arte Concreto-Invención, Buenos Aires was an important site for the development of post-war abstraction.


In the spring of 1956, Asis moved to Paris, like many of his colleagues and friends, where he quickly became part of an international circuit of kinetic artists; among others, he befriended Yaacob Agam, Nicolas Schöffer, Jesús-Rafael Soto, Jean Tinguely, and Victor Vasarely. Surrounded by this dynamic milieu, he began a series of work in which he considered how the phenomena of light could be mediated through photography. Shortly afterward, he began to study vibrations between colors and the many possibilities within monochromatic compositions. Like many of his rioplatense colleagues, Asis was deeply influenced by the ideas of Max Bill and Georges Vantongerloo, important artists and theorists of European abstraction. In 1971, Asis co-founded an artist group, Position, which included Carlos Agüero, Armando Durante, Hugo Demarco, and Horacio García Rossi, all Argentine artists living in Paris, and all interested in movement and the vibrations of light.  Antonio Asis lives and works in Paris, France.



2015: Un tournant | A turning point: Antonio Asis, Martha Boto, Horacio García Rossi, Hugo De Marziani, Gregorio Vardanega, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2014: Pressed: Prints from Latin America, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

Antonio Asis: Geometría Libre, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2013Antonio Asis: From Color to Motion, Ka Be Contemporary, Miami, FL, USA 

DYNAMO: A Century of Light and Movement in Art, 1913-2013, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, France

Impressions | Abstractions, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2012: Antonio Asis: Un Universo Vibrante, MUNTREF Museo Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Real/Virtual, Arte Cinético argentino de los años sesenta, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Constructed Dialogues: Concrete, Geometric, and Kinetic Art from the Latin American Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA

2011: Les sites de l’abstraction latino-américaine – Ella Fontanals Cisneros, Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland

Asis/Esmeraldo/Espinosa/Lizarraga, Works on Paper, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2010: Los sitios de la abstraccion latinoamericana, Museo de Arte Moderno Contemporaneo de Palmas de Mallorca, Spain

2009: North Looks South: Building the Latin American Art Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA

2007: Chromatic Energies, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX

Los Cinéticos, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

1984: Centre de Recherche Artistique Contemporaine, Verifica 8 +, Venice, Italy

1972: Maison de la Culture, Rennes, France

1971: Estudio Actual, Caracas, Venezuela

1970: Galerie Krebs, Bern, Switzerland

1968: Cinétisme, Spectacle, Environnement, Maison de la Culture, Grenoble, France

1967: Lumiere et Mouvement, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

Von Konstruktivism zur Kinetik, Galerie Denise Rene / Hans Mayer, Krefeld, Germany

Biennale de Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris, France

Art et mouvement, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada



Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA

Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano (MACLA), La Plata, Argentina

Museo de Arte Moderno Jesús Soto, Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela

Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA), Santiago, Chile

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

Museo Nacional de Nicaragua, Managua, Nicaragua

Museo Nacional Tres de Febrero (MUNTREF), Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), TX, USA


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