Oswaldo Vigas

Green animal with mouth open wide revealing sharp teeth and patterns of geometric color surrounding it, similar to netting.

Oswaldo Vigas, “The Net,” 1952, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Oswaldo Vigas Foundation

Adults: $12.00
Seniors: (ages 65+) $10.00
Students (with ID): Free
Children: Free
Members: Free

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Wed - Fri - Sat - Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thu: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Mon - Tue: Closed


This exhibition spans the career of Venezuelan artist Oswaldo Vigas (b. 1926 Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela; d. 2014 Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela). More than a simple retrospective, this is a personal tribute to the artist with an introduction to his career penned by his son, award-winning film director Lorenzo Vigas. A modernist that employed elements of cubism, surrealism, constructivism, and neo-figuration, all of Vigas's works are imbued with his ongoing search into his mestizo identity. Beyond his exploration of style, Vigas resettled in Paris in 1952 and immersed himself in the local avant-garde scene, participating in art salons and befriending the likes of Rene Magritte, Wilfredo Lam, Fernando Leger, amongst other greats. Returning to South America after a decade abroad, Vigas was one of the first artists practicing in his country using both elements of European modernism paired with the art of ancient America. The decades that followed reveal a vast oeuvre comprising painting, drawing, graphics, tapestries, and sculpture.  

 This exhibition will be on view in the Museum's Focus Gallery; all works are on loan from the Fundación Oswaldo Vigas.


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This exhibition has been made possible by the Museum's Leadership Donors.