Francisco Salazar (b. 1937), a painter, sculptor, constructivist artist, was born on December 3, 1937 in Quiriquire, Venezuela. Salazar’s initial artistic reference came from Russian constructivist artist, Kazimir Malevitch, best-known for his notable work Black Square, 1915 and White on White, 1918. Francisco Salazar’s large superimpositions are recognizable as white-square-sculptures, made completely out of corrugated cardboard. These white sculpture-like canvases catapulted his artistic success. The lines and ridges of his white on white squares are constructed in a such a way that the viewer must take a moment to commit to the sequential repetition of this visual event.
Salazar’s optical abstraction oeuvre had early success in his participation at the XXVII Salón Oficial de Arte Venezolano at the Museo de Bellas Arte in 1967, Salón Arturo Michelena, Ateneo de Valencia in 1967 and the Paris Biennial in 1967. For over forty years, Salazar has explored the three dimensaionl variations and alterations of space in the linear structure of corrugated cardboard. His work does not simply concern material organization of geomtry but also the influence of sensory perception, as he explores the dynamics of light and shadow on corrugated white planes, following thus the geometric tradition of optical and kinetic art.
Throughout his career, Salazar’s work has been frequently exhibited, in solo and group shows, in France, Latin America, Europe and United States. In 2007 a retrospective of his work spanning 50 years was exhibited at the Museo de Arte Acarigua-Araure in Venezuela. Salazar considers the artist of the future should create with industrial materials, without altering their value, and simply by transforming matter into a work of art.