Op-art by Vidal Toreyo – METAMORPHOPSIA


Visualism is often otherwise known as Op-art. Op-art is a unique variety of abstract art. It affects the way the viewer perceives the image. Influencing the viewers' intellect or emotions is of less importance. In his “Metamorphopsia” series, Vidal Toreyo uses optical illusions and light effects. Additionally, the unique painting technique used by the artist evokes the impression of depth and vibrating movement when viewed up close.

Vidal Toreyo draws the viewer into a game of illusions, simulates the spaciousness of the image. What distinguishes Toreyo from other Op-art painters is the departure from the mathematical nature of the idea. The artist avoids geometry, claiming that there is no straight line in nature, there is no order. Its task is to confuse and surprise the human eye.

Toreyo asks the questions: Do we all see everything the same or do our perceptions differ? Our brain, our nervous system can make us see differently, if only because of visual impairment. This is due to the central nervous system, which is involved in the transmission, modality and analysis of visual stimuli. The objects seen are perceived as changed, but in such a way that the object is still recognizable, although it appears to have properties different from the real ones. Toreyo studies an optical disorder known to science as metamorphopsia.

Metamorphopsia means that perceived objects may be in a different place than they really are. The world can be brighter, more expressive, and the result is an Op-art image with unique features. Deformations can change the size of viewed objects, distances and proportions. Multiplications of elements may appear. It is also characteristic for the visual image to shimmer or glow.


Visual metamorphopsia also includes disturbances in the emotional perception of perceived objects. Vidal Toreyo’s pictures in the style of Op-art change and adapt to the ideas, associations and memories of the viewers. And each viewer deforms what he sees in front of him into his own image, creates his own metamorphopsia in his mind.