Abraham Palatnik (Natal, 1928) is a Brazilian visual artist. He was one of the pioneers of kinetic art in Brazil and a major figure in this field. His works include electrical installations that create movements and light games. In Israel, while enrolled on a course on combustion engines, he studied painting, drawing, history and philosophy of art. On his return to Brazil in 1948, he joined the first group of abstract artists in Rio de Janeiro. The following year, he started research in the field of light and movement, which brought him recognition as one of the pioneers of kinetic art after a special mention award from the international jury at the 1st International Biennial of São Paulo in 1951. He joined the painters of Grupo Frente, and came nearer to the visual poetics of the Brazilian concretists and neoconcretists. After that, he has developed work that combines visual research with mathematical rigor. Palatnik’s works are to be found in private collections and major museums in Europe and North America. Lives in Rio de Janeiro.