Vasarely was born in Pecs, Hungary.
in 1925, started medical studies and in 1927 he abandoned medicine to learn traditional academic painting at the Podolini-Volkmann Academy and in 1929 at the Muhely Academy in Budapest then widely recognized as Budapest’s centre of Bauhaus studies. There he became familiar with the Constructivists Malevich and Kandinsky, Joseph Albers, Johannes Itten and their contemporary research in color and optics.
In 1930, he left Hungary and settled in Paris.
In 1965 his works appeared in the exhibition: the Responsive Eye at the New York Museum of Modern Art.
Major museums throughout the world include his works in their permanent collections: Museum of Modern Art and Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris; Albright-Knox Art Gallery , Buffalo; Art Institute of Chicago and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
In 1987, Hungary’s Museum of Fine Art established a wing in the Zichy Palace dedicated exclusively to Vasarely’s Art with more than 400 works. Major museums in Pecs, Hungary and Aix-en -Provence are dedicated exclusively to his works.
In 1970, Vasarely was named a knight of the Legion of Honor in France. Additional important awards and honors he has received include: the Guggenheim Prize, New York; Gold Medal, Society for the Encouragement of Art and Industry, Paris; Prize First International Graphics Biennal, Cracow; Certfificate of Distinction and Presidential Citation, New York University; Purchase Prize, National Museum, Warsaw; Grand Prize, Eight Biennal of Art, Sao Paulo; Gold Medal, Second International Conference on International Aesthetics, Rimini, Italy.
Victor Vasarely is a brilliant innovator whose works have been acclaimed throughout the world. Fascinated by optical illusion and its kinetic effects, he is the leader of the Op Art Movement and a strong influence on contemporay artists.
His work entitled Zebra, created in the 1930s, is considered by some to be one of the earliest examples of op art.