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Federico Infante

Portrait picture of Federico Infante Federico Infante is born in 1982 in Santiago (Chile).
Each of his artworks goes through an intuitive painting process. He starts with the methodical, expressive act of covering the canvas with several layers of painting, scratching it and repeating this process many times, trying to express his unconscious mind, the part of him that has not been processed by logic. Then, Federico starts visualizing situations, landscapes or spots of light into the canvas, looking for a suggestive and fertile atmosphere that gives life to what he believes to be the figurative element of the painting: a person standing alone, a piece of architecture coming out of the dark, an open sky.

Federico Infante received his BFA from Finis Terrae University in Santiago (Chile) and graduated with his MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has had several successful solo and group exhibitions in the US, in Chile and Italy. His work has been adopted into private collections across the US, Europe (France, Belgium, Germany and Italy), Saudi Arabia and Singapore. He lives and works in New York City.

Solo Show:

2016
We can see the Wind, (catalogo), Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Varese (IT)

2014
The Space Between, (catalogo), Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York (US)

2011
The Greenhouse, Galeria ANIMAL, Santiago (CL)

2007
Espacios y Relatos, Centro Cultural Las Condes, Santiago (CL)



Group Exhibitions:

2016
<20 15x15 / 20x20 Collezione PUNTO SULL'ARTE 2016, (catalogo), Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Varese (IT)
Daydreaming, Massey Lyuben Gallery, New York (US)
Arte Genova, Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Genova (IT)
Il segreto dei Giusti, Museo Il Correggio, Palazzo dei Principi, Correggio - Reggio Emilia (IT)

2015
Bergamo Arte Fiera, Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Bergamo (IT)
Art Verona, Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Verona (IT)
Summer Collective, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York (US)

2014
Group Show, Galeria ANIMAL. Santiago (CL)

2013
Summer Collective Part IT, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York (US)
Dumas, Knoerzer & Infante, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York (US)
Spring Collective Show, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York (US)
MFAI Thesis Show, SVA Gallery, New York (US)
Annual Book Selection, Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, New York (US)

2012
The Book Show, SVA Gallery, New York (US)
Made in NY, Galeria Arte Espacio, Santiago (CL)

2011
Finis Terrae, Santiago (CL)

2009
Group show, ANIMAL Gallery, Santiago (CL)

2006
Transfiguración, Juventud Providencia, Santiago (CL)
Atrévete a insuinar…, C.A.V.S, Santiago (CL)

2005
Taller Litre #1211, Casas de Lo Matta, Santiago (CL)
Museo Militar, Santiago (CL)

2004
Arte en Vivo, Museo Bellas Artes, Santiago (CL)



Awards and Honors:

2015
Semi-finalist NYFA Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence

2012
Uanlane Foundation Scholarship

2009
Conicyt Scholarship

2004
Juan Downey Grant


Pubblicazioni:

  • 2011 » Pubblicazione n. 1
  • 2008 » Pubblicazione n. 2
  • 2008 » Pubblicazione n. 3
  • 2005 » Pubblicazione n. 4
  • 2004 » Pubblicazione n. 5

Alessandra Redaelli

We can see the wind
Born in Chile thirty-three years ago, Federico Infante can be included among the most promising artists of the international panorama. His artworks have been adopted in private collections in the USA, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Germany, France, Belgium and Italy. After several successful group and solo shows in the USA and in Chile, for his European debut he chose a gallery in Varese, PUNTO SULL'ARTE, which is perfectly in line with his philosophy. As a matter of fact, his creativity balances between traditional language and the subtle and insidious anxieties of contemporary. His characters, alone and thoughtful figures against endless horizons, carry both the impulsive strength of the romantic hero and the irrational fury of abstract expressionism – mainly represented by the landscapes on the back. Although Federico Infante's paintings require a slow and reasoned analysis, they immediately reach our inner chords, leading us through paths of free associations which start from the subconscious of the artist to arrive at the heart of the audience. Young and enthusiast, Federico Infante is such a mature artist to have identified, with surgical precision, what is, according to him, the absolute aim of Art: authenticity. In order to reach it, he moves through a complex and accurate process which, starting from instinct and chaos, finds reason and order, thus giving a meaning to our lives. This might be the reason why his figures, although plunged into unclear landscapes, appear solid and reassuring. Since they are seized while finding the answer, reaching certainty. Indeed humanity has never needed answers and certainties as much as today. In this interview, the artist tells about himself with lucid honesty. From the passion for Art, born in his childhood, to the sense of his painting.

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Tell us something about you. When did you start to care about Art? Was it a passion since your childhood?
I remember spending hours or the entire day drawing since I was a kid. Back then I observed art and painting books, in order to learn the proper perspective and understand the anatomy of the human figure. Drawing was my world. I remember the fun and satisfaction when the result was better than expectations, even better than the original. I was obsessed with the idea of learning and improving. I was a quiet kid. I remember having long inner conversations, about the images and figures I would have painted one day.

How about your family? Did they support you?
My mother was fundamental for my artistic development when I was a child. She was always excited when I showed her a finished drawing. She encouraged me to attend art school, she always motivated me and helped me find my personal voice and develop my work.

What was the first work of art which moved you?
Among the painters I studied as a kid, I especially admired Jacques Louis David, Caravaggio and Andrea del Sarto. At that time I didn't have the chance to travel much, so books became my museums. It was always fascinating to discover a new painter who owned the visual elements my young mind was looking for. However, without any doubt, the image that had the deeper impact upon me was "The Angelus" by Jean-François Millet.

Your technique is really particular. Could you explain it in details?
I start with an expressionist act, by covering the canvas with several layers of acrylic paint and then scratching them off. I repeat this process many times. I do not plan my images in advance. I try to stay as focused and detached as possible from the result: thus, I am able to express my unconscious mind, the part not submitted to logic. Then I react against that abstract and expressive atmosphere, by looking for the elements that emerged, between blades of light and suggestions of landscape. So each painting shows me its authentic individuality, its uniqueness. At this point I open the process to reason - the part of myself which tries to understand reality - decoding what has been expressed by my subconscious and making it tangible. Then I start painting the suitable figurative elements for this atmosphere. Mainly a person standing alone, or a glimpse of architecture rising from the darkness or an open sky implying the presence of an invisible viewer. Through this process I am able to investigate the tension between our leading subconscious and the logic through which we give sense to our everyday life, in order to understand it. Although this is a deeply personal process, the tension and ambiguity within the arising circumstances allow this experience to be shared with anyone staring at the painting.

Looking at your works one might recall the great painters of Romanticism: Caspar David Friedrich, above all, and in some cases Arnold Böcklin. Is it a correct interpretation?
Yes, it is a correct interpretation but only in visual terms. I'm not particularly attracted by the concepts of Romanticism. According to me, this correspondence is based upon the existential state of my figures. I look for the stories inside my mind: the atmosphere and the contemplative figure are a consequence of who I am. The honesty I search through my creative process could be associated to various art movements. The abstract part of my work has, for instance, deep connections with abstract expressionism, whereas the psychological search for the subconscious is close to abstract surrealism.

One could say that your work pertains to a traditional sphere. It requires time to be realized and to be tasted, seized and understood. Within this historical moment, which overwhelms us with fast and easy images, even in art, what is the meaning of such a process?
When you are young it is harder, since you are urged to look for immediate answers. As fast as possible. However, I am proud and glad to have reached this result: the ability of looking at my works and development from a certain distance. The act of painting has become my travel, my struggle for authenticity, for my own identity. A fight against a world which offers too easy and fast solutions compared to the complexity of our minds. For instance, it takes time to seize the simple act of reacting towards something beautiful. Why are we fascinated by it? Why does it resonate within ourselves? The process of understanding and analysing our attraction towards a certain kind of beauty should be compared to the one made by the artist to learn how to draw.

According to you what should be the role of the artist nowadays, considering what is happening throughout the world?
From my point of view, the fight for authenticity is fundamental for a young artist. We react according to the information coming from the outside, we do not create from nothing: we transform this information into messages and symbols for our generation. Therefore, if we truly look for our inner voice, we must focus upon the information conveyed by reality. We will then filter, transform and translate it into art.

Tell me something about the works you are exposing in Varese.
The works exposed perfectly represent the topics we just discussed. Each of them represents a specific moment and creative process of my life. Every image and its abstract atmosphere are the result of the inner journey I undertake each time I start painting. Therefore these works, although being independent, own a strong interrelation. The meaning of the title "We can see the wind" is due to the fact that my subjects are a clear reflection of that process, thus being in the middle of a deep moment of introspection. I try to visualize them, alone and motionless, while being overwhelmed by an astonishing consciousness, something extraordinary which only them can see.

selected works