Milan Dobeš

Born in Přerov, 1929 and lives in Bratislava

Milan Dobeš is an influential and significant representative of kinetic art and op-art. He was among the first artists, who have employed motion and light in visual art. In 1951-56 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (prof. L. Černický, prof. B. Hoffstädter and prof. D. Milly). His work in the field of kinetic light and optical art was gaining international recognition soon after his graduation, in the late fifties and early sixties. He started with light and kinetic objects, simultaneously was developing his artistic strategies also in the media of serigraphy, which complemented his sculptural works. In his objects as well as drawings and paintings he explored the use of optical illusions created by particular geometrical constructions. In 1983-84 he summarized his research on the field of optical and kinetic art into a manifesto Dynamický konštruktivizmus/Dynamic constructivism, first published in 1989. His work has been exhibited many important international exhibitions

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