Nadir Afonso

Painting, Visual Artist

1920 –

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Who is Nadir Afonso?

Nadir Afonso, GOSE is a geometric abstractionist painter. Formally trained in architecture, which he practiced early in his career with Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer, Nadir Afonso later studied painting in Paris and became one of the pioneers in Kinetic art, working alongside Victor Vasarely, Fernand Léger, Auguste Herbin, and André Bloc.

As a theorist of his own geometry-based aesthetics, published in several books, Nadir Afonso defends that art is purely objective and ruled by laws that treat art not as an act of imagination but of observation, perception, and form manipulation.

Nadir Afonso achieved international recognition early on in his career and currently holds many of his works in museums. His most famous works are the Cities series, which depict places all around the world. As of 2010 and at 90 years of age, he is still actively painting.

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Born
Dec 4, 1920
Chaves Municipality, Portugal
Nationality
  • Portugal
Profession
Education
  • Escola Superior de Belas Artes do Porto
Employment
  • Oscar Niemeyer
  • Le Corbusier

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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