Born to an Italian family in La Plata, a province of Buenos Aires, Luis Tomasello’s first work experience was with his father, as a bricklayer, carpenter, and painter. He began taking drawing classes in the evenings as a teenager and attended the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón in Buenos Aires from 1932 to 1938. Two years later, he enrolled at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Ernesto de la Cárcova, where he studied until 1944. In the mid-1940s, young artists in Buenos Aires were challenging representational traditions in art; Tomasello met painters Emilio Pettoruti and Carmelo Arden Quin during this time, two important figures in the Argentine avant-garde.

In 1951, Tomasello traveled to Paris for the first time; he relocated permanently to Paris in 1957, joining a large and dynamic expatriate community of Latin American kinetic artists there.  Many of these artists began making constructivist abstract work and then shifted to kinetic and optical art in the mid-1950s and early 1960s.  Tomasello is internationally known for his Atmospheres chromoplastiques, in which he poses white cubes on a white background to engage with the colors of shadows and reflected light. As well as exhibiting extensively internationally, Tomasello has completed numerous large-scale public art commissions in Argentina, France, Mexico, and the United States. His Chromoplastic Mural (2011) is on view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.


“The shape gives rise to the color, which is transformed from vision into sensation; it is projected into space, where it tints the atmosphere, and becomes iridescent on touching the plane.”

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011: Luis Tomasello, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2010: Reflections on Tomasello, Mayor Gallery, London, UK

2009: Recent Work, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

Muestra Antologica, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA

2007: Luis Tomasello, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2005: Luis Tomasello, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2004: Retrospective, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano (MACLA), La Plata, Argentina

2003: Museo Nacional Neuquén, Argentina

2002: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1989: Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba

1986: Itinerant Retrospective (1957-1984), Sala Parpallo, Valencia, Spain; Palacio Municipal de Exposiciones Kiosco Alfonso, La Coruña, Spain; Museo de Bellas Artes, Pamplona, Spain

1985: Retrospective (1957-1984), Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid; Palau Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

1983: Di Teana et Tomasello, Espace Latino-Américain, Paris

1976: Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris, France

Galerie d’art Les Ateliers du Grand-Hornu, Hornu, Belgium

Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague, The Netherlands

Galería Mestre Mateo, La Coruña, Spain

1973: Galerie Denise René, New York, NY, USA

Galerie Françoise Mayer, Brussels, Belgium

1972: Galerie Denise René, Paris, France

Retrospective (1957-1972), Musée des Beaux Arts, Paris, France

1971: Galerie Denise René/Hans Meyer, Düsseldorf, Germany

Galleria del Cortile, Rome, Italy

1966: Galerie Denise René, Paris, France

1962: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Galerie Denise René, Paris, France Luis Tomasello’s work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including: Constructed Dialogues: Concrete, Geometric and Kinetic Art from the Latin American Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2012); Cosmopolitan Routes: Houston Collects Latin American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2010); Masters, Sicardi Gallery (2010); North Looks South: Building the Latin American Art Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2009); Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 1960s, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus (2006); Los Cineticos, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2006); and Escultura-Objeto, Relecturas en la Coleccion del MAMBA, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires (2005), among many others.

Selected Public Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA

Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, Austin, TX, USA

Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba

Fondazione Calderara, Vacciago di Ameno, Italy

Fondazione Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri, Seggiano (Grosseto), Italy

Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan, Italy

Fonds Départemental d'Art Contemporain, Val-de-Marne, France

Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan

Fundación ARCO, Madrid, Spain

Fundación César Manrique, Teguise, Lanzarote (Iles Canaries), Spain

Fundación Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela

Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Roma, Italy

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA

Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Itami City Art Museum, Itami, Japan

The Iwaki City Museum, Iwaki, Japan

Josef Albers Museum, Quadrat, Bottrop, Germany

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany

Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland

Le Musée Martiniquais des Arts des Amériques – M2A2, Le Lamentin, France

Louisiana, Humlebaek, Denmark

Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Muezul de Arta Universala Burcuresti, Bucarest, Romania

Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada

Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon, France

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

Musée de Sculpture en Plein Air, Middelheim, Belgium

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, France

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Pau, France

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

Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas Sofía Imber, Caracas, Venezuela

Museo de Arte Latino Americano Contemporáneo de Managua, Nicaragua

Museo de Arte Moderno - Fundación Jesús Soto, Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela

Museo de Arte Moderno de Mérida Juan Astorga Anta, Mérida, Venezuela

Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia

Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

Museo de La Asegurada, Alicante, Spain

Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile

Museo Luis González Robles, Universidad de Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico

Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland

Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

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

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA

Museum of Modern Art, Hokkaido, Japan

Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan

Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau, Germany

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, USA

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, NY, USA

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, USA

Oklahoma City Art Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Reflex Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, The Netherlands

Sammlung Lenz Schönberg, Munich, Germany

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA

Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hanovre, Germany

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tate Gallery, London, UK

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

Tongyoung Nammang Open Air Sculpture Park, Tongyoung City, South Korea

Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany

Universal Graphic Museum, Giza, Egypt