Jesús-Rafael Soto (1922 – 2005) was a painter and sculptor born in Venezuela. After studying the arts and the cinema, Soto turned his attention to pictorial art and became a student at the school of fine arts in Caracas. He moved to Paris in 1950 and, from 1955, began working with such artists as Vasarely, Tinguely and Le Parc for the exhibition Le Mouvement (Motion). This event heralded the birth of kinetic art.
In 1995, Soto received France’s National Sculpture Prize. An award that signaled belated recognition by France of a globally renowned protean artist. Today, Soto’s works can be seen around the world, for example, at the headquarters of Unesco, at the Bank of Toronto and at the Pompidou Center in Paris.