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LUIS TOMASELLO (1915-2014, Argentina/France)

“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.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Luis Tomasello, Art Basel, The Mayor Gallery, Basel, Switzerland


Luis Tomasello: Six Decades of Reflection, The Mayor Gallery, London, England. Borzo Modern & Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, Holland 


Luis Tomasello, Artista de la Luz (1915-2014). Obras de la Colección del MACLA, Museu de Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano (MACLA), La Plata, Argentina


Luis Tomasello: Celebrated Artist, Asaso Gallery, PINTA, London, England


Luis Tomasello, Galeria Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo, Brazil 


Luis Tomasello: Structure Visible et Couleur Réfléchie, Ascaso Gallery, Miami, FL, USA


Luis Tomasello: Vibrations de la Couleur, Galerie Argentine, Paris, France


Luis Tomasello, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA


Reflections on Tomasello, Mayor Gallery, London, UK


Luis Tomasello: La Luce Lavora Per Me, Kanalidarte Galleria d’arte Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy


Luis Tomasello, Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Emilio A. Caraffa, Cordoba, Argentina. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario (MACRO), Rosario, Argentina


Luis Tomasello, Artista de la Luz, Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Rosa Galisteo de Rodríguez, Santa Fe, Argentina 


Luis Tomasello and Alicia Penalba, Galería Hoy en el Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Luis Tomasello: Recent Work, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA


Luis Tomasello: Muestra Antologica, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina


James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA


Luis Tomasello: La Sustancialidad Intrínsica de la Luz, Casa de las Américas, Galería Latinoamericana, La Havane, Cuba


James Harris Gallery, Seattle Washington, USA 


Luis Tomasello, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA


Luis Tomasello, Fundación Federico Klemm, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Academia Nacional de Bellas-Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Luis Tomasello, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA


Muestra Antalógica de Luis Tomasello, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano (MACLA), La Plata, Argentina


Luis Tomasello, Museo Nacional Neuquén, Neuquén, Argentina


Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Luis Tomasello, Objets et Atmosphères Chromoplastiques (1960-2000), Galerie Lavignes-Bastille, Paris, France


Luis Tomasello, Galerie Schoeller, Düsseldorf, Germany


Retrospective, Homenaje a Julio Cortázar, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Luis Tomasello, Museum Haus Ludwing, Sarrelouis, Germany 


Luis Tomasello, Una Mano Enamorada, Galleria Civica – Palazzo Todeschini, Desenzano del Garda, Italy 


Luis Tomasello, Atmosfere Cromoplastiche oggi, Galleria Arte Struktura, Milan, Italy 


Luis Tomasello, Gallery K, Washington, D.C., USA


Tomasello, Reliefs, Galerie Convergence, Nantes, France 


Luis Tomasello, Rétrospective (1957-1990), Cercle Noroit, Arras, France


Luis Tomasello, Œuvres Anciennes et Récentes, Galerie Carlhian, Paris, France


Galerie Schoeller, Düsseldorf, Germany


Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba


Galería Casa Fernando Gordillo, Managua, Nicaragua


Luis Tomasello, Œuvres Anciennes et Récentes, Galerie Carlhian, Paris, France


Tomasello, La Galería, Quito, Ecuador


Tomasello, Galerie Simone Signoret, Villefontaine, France


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


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


Luis R. Tomasello, Galerie Nouvelles Images, La Haye, Holland


Tomasellos, Reliefs Récents, Galerie Maximilien Guiol, Paris, France


Di Teana et Tomasello, Espace Latino-Américain, Paris, France


Tomasello, Cercle Noroit, Arras, France. Musée Réattu, Arles, France Galerie Christel, Stockholm, Sweden 1979


Galería Edurne, Pedraza, Spain


Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague, The Netherlands Galerie Interqua, Roermond, The Netherlands


Luis Tomasello, Galerie Latzer, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland


Tomasello, Vismara Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy Tomasello, opera recenti, Cesarea – Arte Contemporanea, Genova, Italy


Tomasello, 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


Tomasello, recent works, Galerie Denise René, New York, NY, USA. Galerie Françoise Mayer, Brussels, Belgium


Tomasello: Œvres Récentes, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France


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


Galerie Denise René/Hans Meyer, Düsseldorf, Germany 


Galleria del Cortile, Rome, Italy


Luis Tomasello, David Hendricks Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 


Tomasello, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France


Tomasello: Relieves, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Luis R. Tomasello, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France 

Selected Public Collections

Arithmeum, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA

Atelier de Construction Electrique, Charleroi, Belgium

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL, USA

Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF), Paris, France 

Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, PA, USA

Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba

Celanese Corporation, New York, NY, USA

Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris, France

Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France

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

Design Unit, Chicago, IL, USA

Fundació Stämpfli, Sitges, Spain 

Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain de l’Île-de-France, Le Plateau, France

Fundación César Manrique, Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

Fundación Pettoruti, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands

McCrory Corporation, New York, NY, USA

Mujez Suvremene Umjetnosti (MSU), Zagreb, Croatia

Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (MAC/VAL), Vitry-sur Seine, France

Musée d’Art et Industrie, Saint-Etienne, France

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

Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Étienne, France 

Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France 

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Pau, France

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

Musée Réattu, Arles, France

Museo Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Alicante, Spain 

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario, Rosario, Argentina 

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Latino-Américano, La Plata, Argentina

Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Arte Moderno Jesús Soto, Bolivar, Venezuela 

Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellin, Colombia

Museo de Artes del Siglo XX, Medellin, Colombia

Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile 

Museo de Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid, Spain

Museo Jesús-Rafael Soto, Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain 

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Neuquén, Neuquén, Argentina

Museo Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba

Museum des 20 Jahrhunderts, Vienna, Austria

Museum for Concrete Art, Ingolstadt, Germany 

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

Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation, Vienna, Austria

Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch, Germany

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

New York University, New York, NY, USA

Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Power Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Sydney, Australia

Satoru Sato Art Museum, Tome, Japan

Städisches Museum Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company, Houston, TX, USA

Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (TEA), Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain 

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, USA