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.
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.
2013 MFA Illustration School of Visual Arts, New York , U.S.A
2002 BFA Finis Terrae University, Santiago, Chile.
Awards & Honors
2015 Semi-finalist NYFA Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence
2012 Uanlane Foundation Scholarship
2009 Conicyt Scholarship
2004 Juan Downey Grant
2016 "We can see the Wind", Punto Sull'Arte, Varese, Italy.
2014 "The Space Between", Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York, USA.
2011 “The Greenhouse”, Galeria ANIMAL, Santiago, Chile.
2007 “Espacios y Relatos”, Centro Cultural Las Condes, Santiago, Chile.
2017 Group show, "<20 15x15 / 20x20", PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Varese, Italy.
2016 Group Show, "In Perspective", Georges Berges Gallery, New York, USA.
2016 Group Show, "Daydreaming", Massey Lyuben Gallery, New York, USA.
2016 Group Show, "Il Segreto dei Giusti", Museum Il Corregio, Italy.
2015 Group Show, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery. NY, USA.
2014 Group Show, Punto sull’Arte Gallery. Varese, Italy.
2014 Group Show, Galeria ANIMAL. Santiago, Chile.
2013 Summer Collective Part I, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York
2013 Dumas, Knoerzer & Infante, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York
2013 Spring Collective Show, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York
2013 MFAI Thesis Show, SVA Gallery, New York
2013 Annual Book Selection, Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, New York
2012 The Book Show, SVA Gallery, New York.
2012 Made in NY, Galeria Arte Espacio, Santiago, Chile
2011 Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile
2009 ANIMAL Gallery, Santiago, Chile
2006 Transfiguración, Juventud Providencia, Santiago, Chile
2006 Atrévete a insuinar… C.A.V.S, Santiago, Chile
2005 Taller Litre #1211, Casas de Lo Matta, Santiago, Chile
2005 Museo Militar, Santiago, Chile
2004 Arte en Vivo, Museo Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile