Victor Vasarely was a Hungarian–French artist widely accepted as the leader of the short-lived op art movement. His work combines optical illusion, patterns and organic images and have become deeply rooted in popular culture impacting architecture, computer science, fashion, and the way we now look at things in general.
Vasarely was born in Pécs and grew up in Pöstyén and Budapest, where in 1925 he took up medical studies at Eötvös Loránd University. In 1927, he abandoned medicine to learn traditional academic painting at the private Podolini-Volkmann Academy.
Vasarely left Hungary and settled in Paris in 1930. He worked as a graphic artist and as a creative consultant at the advertising agencies Havas, Draeger and Devambez (1930–1935). His interactions with other artists during this time were limited.
Vasarely eventually went on to produce art and sculpture using optical illusion. Over the next three decades, he developed his style of geometric abstract art, working in various materials but using a minimal number of forms and colours.