Victor Vasarely (1906-1997)

Vasarely was Hungarian and initially studied medicine before switching to art, then design, and after moving to Paris in 1930 worked as a graphic designer and poster artist combining pattern and organic imagery in his work. After the war he developed a style of geometric abstract art using optical illusion. He was a major artist and influence in the Op Art and Kinetic Art movements. In the 1960s and 70s his work and style impacted on architecture, product and graphic design, fashion and computer science. His motto was ‘art for all’ which most easily translated into public sculpture and print editions of his work.