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Carlos Cruz Diez

Carlos Cruz-Diez (Venezuela, 1923–2019)

For Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (1923–2019), color was a dazzling, transient effect, which he attempted to capture on canvas and in light installations. The striking compositions he produced over his seven-decade career made him one of Latin America’s greatest postwar artists and a leading figure in the Op art movement.


“I don’t make paintings, nor sculptures. I make platforms for occurrences,” Cruz-Diez once said. “They are platforms where color is being produced, dissolved, generated in a perpetual instant. In it, there’s no notion of past nor future. In it is the notion of the present moment, just like life.”


Building on the chromatic explorations of Sir Isaac Newton, George Seurat and Josef Albers, he created striking paintings comprising lines of contrasting hues that appear to shimmer. He called these works physichromies.


Later in his career, Cruz-Diez shifted his explorations from paint to light. His “chromosaturations” are immersive environments consisting of three chambers, each flooded with a different-color light, which disoriented visitors and altered their perception. He also translated his chromatic illusions to public spaces, like the floor he created at the Simón Bolívar International Airport, near Caracas, and a pedestrian crossing outside the Broad Museum, in Los Angeles.


Cruz-Diez was a successful graphic designer as well, working for artist-clients like Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg. Across all these mediums, his work had the same boldness and immersive quality, engaging the viewer’s eyes, body and mind.


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“Induction Chromatique à Double Fréquence” Série ORINOCO"
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Carlos Cruz-Diez “Induction Chromatique à Double Fréquence” Série ORINOCO, 2019 (set of 6 works) Lithograph on Somerset paper 23.62h x 23.62w in 60h x 60w cm Edition of 75
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2010s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Couleur Additive Perseus, Portfolio of 3
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Carlos Cruz-Diez Couleur Additive Perseus, Portfolio of 3 2017 Screenprint 39 3/8 x 27 9/16 in. each ED'A Pencil signed and numbered Accompanied with COA ...
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2010s Op Art Prints and Multiples

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Screen

Physichromie DDC 1
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A work by Carlos Cruz-Diez. "Physichromie DDC 1" is a unique serigraph on aluminum, slats in stainless steel executed in blue, green and orange by Latin American artist Carlos Cruz-D...
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1980s Contemporary Abstract Paintings

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Metal, Stainless Steel

Induction Chromatique a Double Frequence - Mod. 5
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Cruz-Diez, Carlos Title: Induction Chromatique a Double Frequence - Mod. 5 Series: Ornico Date: 2019 Medium: Lithograph Unframed Dimensions: 23.622" x 23.622" Framed Di...
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21st Century and Contemporary Kinetic Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Induction Chromatique 2, Screenprint by Cruz Diez
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Carlos Cruz-Diez Title: Induction Chromatique 2 Year: 1974 Medium: Screenprint, Signed and Numbered in Pencil Edition: 200 Image: 23.5 x 23.5 in. Paper Size: 31 x 31 inches ...
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1970s Op Art Abstract Prints

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Screen

Chromatique Induction, OP Art Silkscreen by Cruz Diez
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Carlos Cruz-Diez, Venezuelan (1923 - ) Title: Chromatique Induction Year: 1994 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: XXX Image Size: 29.5 x 19.5 inches Si...
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1990s Op Art Abstract Prints

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Screen

Serie Semana - Miércoles
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Original artwork by CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ. Litografia in perfect condition. Edition limited to 75 copies. Certificate
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Color aditivo. original abstract littograph limited edition painting
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Color aditivo. original abstract littograph limited edition painting Original artwork by CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ. Lithography in perfect condition. Edition limited to 75 copies. New ¡¡¡ Cer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Serie semana - Lunes
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Original artwork by CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ. Lithography in perfect condition. Edition limited to 75 copies. Certificate
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Serie Semana - Jueves
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Original artwork by CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ. Lithography in perfect condition. Edition limited to 75 copies. Certificate
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Untitled, 1964, Signed, dated and numbered
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Berlin, DE
CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ (VENEZUELAN, 1923 - 2015) Untitled, 1964, Signed, dated and numbered 20/100 Dimensions with frame. Dimensions of artwork 20 x 20 cm
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20th Century Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Carlos Cruz-Diez Untitled 1987 Screenprint 29 1/8 x 29 1/8 in. Edition of 75 Pencil signed, dated, and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum F...
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1980s Op Art Prints and Multiples

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Screen

Untitled
H 29.125 in. W 29.125 in.
Chromatique Induction
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Carlos Cruz-Diez, Venezuelan (1923 - ) Title: Chromatique Induction Year: 1994 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: XXX Image Size: 29.5 x 19.5 inches Si...
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1990s Op Art Abstract Prints

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Screen

Caura-14
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Carlos Cruz-Diez is a Venezuelan kinetic and op artist. He lives in Paris. He has spent his professional career working and teaching between both Paris and Caracas. His work is repre...
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2010s Prints and Multiples

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Aquatint

Caura-14
H 23.6 in. W 27.5 in.
Serie Semana - Miércoles original lithography painting
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Carlos Cruz-Diez Venezuela, 1923 Lithograph Serie Semana - Miércoles 2013 60 x 60 cm Edition 75
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Induction Chromatique 2
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Carlos Cruz-Diez Title: Induction Chromatique 2 Year: 1974 Medium: Screenprint, Signed and Numbered in Pencil Edition: 200 Image: 23.5 x 23.5 in. Paper Size: 31 x 31 i...
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1970s Op Art Abstract Prints

Induction Chromatique 1
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Carlos Cruz-Diez Title: Induction Chromatique 1 Year: 1974 Medium: Screenprint, Signed and Numbered in Pencil Edition: 200 Image: 23.5 x 23.5 in. Paper Size: 31 x 31 i...
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1970s Op Art Abstract Prints

Physichromie n1855
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in New York, NY
Chromographie on aluminium, unique
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2010s Abstract Mixed Media

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Induction cromatica a double frequentai Panam 12
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in New York, NY
Chromographie a pigment sur PVC
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2010s Abstract Mixed Media

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Mixed Media

Abstract Composition 1
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Cruz-Diez, Carlos Title: Abstract Composition 1 Date: 2015 Medium: Lithograph Unframed Dimensions: 23.6" x 27.5" Framed Dimensions: 31" x 35.5" Signature: Signed by Ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Kinetic Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Induction Chromatique a Double Frequence - Mod. 6
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Cruz-Diez, Carlos Title: Induction Chromatique a Double Frequence - Mod. 6 Series: Ornico Date: 2019 Medium: Lithograph Unframed Dimensions: 23.622" x 23.622" Framed Di...
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21st Century and Contemporary Kinetic Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Abstract Composition 4
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Cruz-Diez, Carlos Title: Abstract Composition 4 Date: 2015 Medium: Lithograph Unframed Dimensions: 23.6" x 27.5" Framed Dimensions: 31" x 35.5" Signature: Signed by Ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Kinetic Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Abstract Composition 3
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Cruz-Diez, Carlos Title: Abstract Composition 3 Date: 2015 Medium: Lithograph Unframed Dimensions: 23.6" x 27.5" Framed Dimensions: 31" x 35.5" Signature: Signed by Ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Kinetic Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Abstract Composition 5
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Cruz-Diez, Carlos Title: Abstract Composition 5 Date: 2015 Medium: Lithograph Unframed Dimensions: 23.6" x 27.5" Framed Dimensions: 31" x 35.5" Signature: Signed by Ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Kinetic Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Chromatic Induction Dual Frequency Permutation 9
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Cruz-Diez, Carlos Title: Chromatic Induction Dual Frequency Permutation 9 Date: 2013 Medium: Lithograph Unframed Dimensions: 23.625" x 23.625" Framed Dimensions: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Kinetic Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Chromatic Induction Dual Frequency Permutation 10
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Cruz-Diez, Carlos Title: Chromatic Induction Dual Frequency Permutation 10 Date: 2013 Medium: Lithograph Unframed Dimensions: 23.625" x 23.625" Framed Dimensions: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Kinetic Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Chromatic Induction Dual Frequency Permutation 5
By Carlos Cruz-Diez
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Cruz-Diez, Carlos Title: Chromatic Induction Dual Frequency Permutation 5 Date: 2013 Medium: Lithograph Unframed Dimensions: 23.625" x 23.625" Signature: Stamped a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Kinetic Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph