Cruz-Diez was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1923. He studied in the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Aplicadas de Caracas at the same time as other Venezuelan abstract artists: Soto, Otero, Guevara, Debourg and others. From 1955 to 1957 he lived in Spain, but visited Paris often, where he was greatly impressed by the work being done by Jesús Soto. Returning to Venezuela, he became Assistant Director of the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Aplicadas. In 1961 he was again in Paris, this time making kinetic works. In 1967 he was awarded the Painting Award at the Biennial of São Paulo, Brazil. Beginning in the 1970s, his works were exhibited worldwide. He lives in Paris, where he has created several major public works.
MADI is a great artistic adventure, and perhaps, the only existing movement which can justify half a century of existence. MADI is more than an avant-garde movement; it has an underlying wave with several and differing offspring. It is the slow-paced growth of a tectonic plate in the history of art. Indeed, since art and environment are perveived as the fusion of two cultural phenomena, the progression and expression of both of these blend in everyday life.
From ” MADI: Concept Overview”, Paris, 2004
ROGER NEYRAT | Artist