Luis Tomasello1915-2014, Argentina
Luis Tomasello

“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.”


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.



2011: Luis Tomasello, Sicardi Gallery, Houston
2010: Reflections on Tomasello, Mayor Gallery, London
2009: Recent Work, Sicardi Gallery, Houston
Muestra Antologica, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires
2007: Luis Tomasello, Sicardi Gallery, Houston
2005: Luis Tomasello, Sicardi Gallery, Houston
2004: Retrospective, MACLA - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano, La Plata
2003: Museo Nacional Neuquén, Argentina
2002: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires
1989: Casa de las Américas, Havana
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, New York
Galerie Françoise Mayer, Brussels, Belgium
1972: Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Retrospective (1957-1972), Musée des Beaux Arts, Pau, 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.



Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris

Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Paris

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Pau

Musée d’Art et Industrie, Saint-Etienne

Musée Réatu, Arles

MAC/VAL – Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur Seine

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, Amsterdam

Museum des 20 Jahrhunderts, Vienna

Städisches Museum Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch, Germany. Atelier de Construction Electrique, Charleroi, Belgium

Galerija Suvremene Umjestnosti, Zagreb, Croatia

Satoru Sato Art Museum, Tome, Japan

Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Design Unit, Chicago, Illinois

New York University, New York

Power Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Sidney, Australia

Mueso Bolivar, Venezuela

Museo Jesus Rafael Soto Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela

Museo de Artes del Siglo XX, Medellín, Colombia

Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires

Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires

Museo de Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Museo Allende, Santiago de Chile

Museo de la Solidaridad, Managua

Museo Español de Arte Contemporaneo, Madrid

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain de I’Lle-de-France

Museo Wifredo Lam, Havana

Casa de las Américas, Havana

Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Latinoamericano, La Plata, Argentina


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