Luis Molinari (Luis Molinari-Flores) was a member of VAN (Vanguardia Artistica Nacional), a group of informal constructivist artists founded by Enrique Tabara.
Molinari began his artistic career focused on formalism, but soon discovered the works of Vasarely and was inspired by geometric forms and their rich optical effects. From 1951-1960, Molinari lived and painted in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1960, Molinari traveled to Paris, France, where he began work with the Group de Recherche d'Art Visuel. Molinari lived in Paris from 1960 to 1966. In 1963, Molinari exhibited his painting La Cuna de Mangle at the Paris Biennial at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1964, Molinari took a two month trip to the United States to study the artworks in museums of major US cities. Intrigued by pop art in America, he saw it's infinite possibilities.
In 1966, Molinari moved back to Ecuador with the sole purpose of acquiring a visa to move to the United States. During his time back in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Molinari reconnected with old colleagues: Enrique Tabara, Anibal Villacis, Leon Ricuarte, Gilberto Almeida, Oswaldo Moerno and Guillermo Munoz and began working with their group VAN (Vanguardia Artistica Nacional). Two years later, in 1968, Molinari settled his visa and moved to New York where he lived for seven years. While in New York, Molinari became fascinated with the optical geometric (Op Art) works of Vasarely. He soon developed his own style, inspired by that of his compatriot, Tabara, that fused the tropical nature of his hometown into the informal constructivist geometry, toward the creation of a visual autonomy. In further development, Molinari began to focus on the geometrical optical effects and changing perspectives. He began intense studies of color theory, yet at times explored spontaneity of color and chromatic delusions.
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