Julio Le Parc is an Argentina-born artist who focuses on both modern op art and kinetic art. Le Parc attended the School of Fine Arts in Argentina. A founding member of Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visual (GRAV) and award winning artworks, he is a significant figure in Argentinean modern art.
At age thirteen Julio Le Parc moved with his mother and brothers to Buenos Aires. While there he attended the School of Fine Arts and showed growing interest in artistic avant-garde movement in Argentina. The School of Fine Arts is where Le Parc formed with other Argentinian artists the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visual, or GRAV.
After attending the School for four and a half years, he decides to go travel the country. He later returns to the Academy of Fine Arts, where he takes an active role in student movement groups. In 1958 Le Parc received a grant from the French Cultural Service to go to Paris. Much of his early career was committed to painting, engraving and creating monotypes. However, in 1959 Le Parc begins his experimentation with image produced by light multiplied by layers of planes of Plexiglas. Le Parc participated in his first exhibition, Bienal de Sáo Paulo in Sáo Paulo, Brazil in 1957.
Precursor of Kinetic Art and Op Art, he was a founding member of Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visual and recipient of the Grand Prize for Painting at the 33rd Venice Biennale in 1966, Julio Le Parc is a major figure in modern art history.
From 1964 onwards he began producing works based on distorting mirrors and the displacement of the spectator by means of labyrinths and play rooms. The socially conscious artist was expelled from France in May 1968, after participating in the Atelier Populaire and its protests against major institutions.
Le Parc has continued his use of light and kinetics. However, "in the 1970s, Le Parc’s artistic activities became less frequent, to the degree that his work almost went unnoticed in the international arena for several decades”. Nonetheless, with a renewed interest in using light as a medium, Le Parc’s work is being brought to the attention of a wider public.