Jésus Rafael Soto was born on June 5, 1923 in Ciudad Bolívar , Venezuela , an old colonial town on the edge of the virgin forest on the banks of the Orinoco.
He was the eldest son of Emma Soto and Luis García Parra, a violin player, who were to have four other children.
While working to make a contribution to the family’s upkeep, he went to primary school and, when he was about twelve, began to learn the guitar. It was also at this time that he began to copy reproductions of paintings he found in magazines, books and almanachs.
Creator of kinetical art. His objects are virtual volumes installed in space that seem to interact with their environments (nature, urban space, etc.). His work has been exhibited all over the world and can be found at the hall of the Unesco building in Paris (1969), the Bank of Toronto (1977) and at the Forum of the Centre Pompidou in Paris (1987).