Born in 1912 in Hamburg into a Jewish family, Gego (Gertrude Goldschmidt) left Germany in 1939 to escape the Nazi regime and emigrated to Venezuela, where in 1953 she began a long and prolific artistic career that would span more than four decades. She is one of the most significant artists to emerge from Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century. Her work moves between the influence of European Constructivism and the dominant abstract and kinetic art in Latin America in the fifties and sixties. All of Gego’s works involve constant experimentation using the line as a powerful generator. She drew lines in two and three dimensions and with different materials, in many cases recycled or discarded, such as steel, wire and nylon. Whether on paper, three-dimensionally or in building interventions, an interest in space, the transparency and lightness of the materials, and the centrality of the structure are the core elements of her work.

Works in the collection by Gego