The French-Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely was born April 6, 1906 in Hungary. Heis most notably recognized for his work in founding the Op Art movement. His art utilizes geometric, dimensional shapes and vibrant graphics. Vasarely uses his technique to create illusion of special depth and captivate viewers of his work. Vasarely lists his inspiration as Wassily Kandinsky, Constructivism and Bauhaus design principles.
Vasarely set out for career in the medical field, studying medicine at university. Two years in, he decided to pursue painting and enrolled at Muhely Academy inBudapest, where he studied courses largely influenced by Bauhaus in Germany.
Vasarely moved to Paris in 1930 and worked as a graphic artist. He created proto-Op art pieces, namely, Zebra (1937). His style was based in Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism, and led him to developing his signature black and white checkerboard art works. His art can be found at the Tate Gallery in London, thePeggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Vasarely died March 15, 1997 at the age of 90 in Paris.