LUIS TOMASELLO was born in 1915 in Argentina. After studing painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Tomasello settled in Paris in 1957. Here he exhibited with a group of artists whose research took them from constructivist abstraction to cinetism; an art form founded on optical illusion popular during 1950-1963. His work was represented by the avant-garde Galerie Denise René and showed at numerous international exhibitions of Op-Art, including the the ground-breaking “The Responsive Eye” organized by the Museum of Modern Art, exhibited in 1965 at the Seattle Art Museum, and the landmark show 'La Lumière et le Mouvement' in 1967. He also exhibited at the Salons de Mai and the 'Realités Nouvelles' in Paris.
One-man shows were held at the Museum of Buenos Aires (1962), the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris (1976), Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid (1981) and at the Haus Ludwig Museum, Saarlouis (1996).
Tomasello is particulary known for his 'Atmosphères Chromoplastiques' in which he poses white cubes on a identical white background, creating an engaging optical effect of play of light and shadows. Over the last 50 years he has developed a visual language that expresses movement through subtle shifts of color and contour. By attaching angled cubes to create a repetitive pattern on a flat surface, the artist explores the natural, yet visually illusive, kinetic interplay of light and shadow.
Tomasello's work is included in public collections in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, the New York University Museum, the KrMüller Museum, Otterlo and the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris.