Willys DE CASTRO Brazilian , 1926 -1988

Willys De Castro was a leading figure of the Neo-Concrete Movement in Brazil, renowned for his exploration of geometric abstraction with highly experimental work which stretched the boundaries of two dimensional painting and created a ground-breaking precedence for future performance and minimalist work. He is most famous for his Objetos Ativos (Active Objects) series (1959-1962), one of the most memorable moments of the Neo-Concrete Movement.


Willys de Castro’s work is held in some of the most prominent public and private collections worldwide, including the Instituto de Arte Contemporânea and Museu de Arte de São Paulo as well as the Museum of Modern Art, New York.


De Castro’s work has been exhibited widely, featuring in recent surveys of Brazilian art at the Royal Academy, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.