Federico Infante Paintings.
Each of my paintings is deeply unique and emerges through its own process. I start with an expressive act of covering the canvas with several layers of acrylic paint and then scratching it off. I repeat this process many times. I do not plan my images in advance and try to stay present and as detached as possible from the result. In doing this I am able to express my unconscious mind, the part of me that has not been processed by logic. I then react to this abstract and expressive atmosphere, by searching for the elements that have emerged, possibly in pockets of light, or the foundations of a landscape. In this way each painting shows me its singular identity.
At this point I open the process up to ration, the part of myself that tries to understand reality, to decode what my subconscious has expressed and make it tangible. I then paint the figurative elements of this atmosphere. Often a person standing alone, or a piece of architecture coming out of the dark or an open sky that implies the presence of an unseen figure.
Through this process I am able to investigate the tension between the subconscious that drives us and the logic with which we make sense of and understand our everyday lives. Although this is a deeply personal process, the tension and ambiguity of the circumstances that often arise allow this experience to be related by any viewer.
Born in Santiago, Chile in 1982. Federico Infante works predominantly in the medium of painting, he received his BFA from Finis Terrae University (Santiago, Chile) in 2002 and graduated in 2013 with his MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He was the recipient of the Uanlane Foundation Scholarship (2012), the Conicyt Scholarship (2009), and the Juan Downey Grant (2004). He has had several successful solo and group exhibitions in Chile, New York and Italy and his work has been adopted into private collections around the world. In 2015 he illustrated Nabokov’s masterpiece, Lolita, edited by The Folio Society. Currently Federico’s work can be seen at Punto Sull’Arte Gallery (Italy), I’ll Corregio Museum (Italy), Georges Berges Gallery (New York), Animal Gallery (Chile) and Saint-Dizier Gallery (Canada). Federico is currently living and working in New York City.