Biography

Antonio Muñiz was born and raised in Chihuahua, México. As early age of 10 years old, he came to the realization that life was rather rigid, full of orders and expectations and didn’t quite fit his natural instincts. As a teenager, he grew up within an environment where self-expression and self-voice was limited, leading him to isolation; But not from the world or society, but from within himself.

At age 17, Antonio decided to move to Chicago in pursuit of his architectural studies. By age 26, he earned a Bachelors Degree in Architecture while living in San Diego, CA. Early in his career, and already an established Designer, he moved from firm to firm only to find the same constraints realized as child manifesting themselves in his professional life – a life full of rules, expectations and lack of personal expression. This pushed him to find avenues out of the constrictive physical realm, and explore alternative realities that would allow him to enjoy freedom of self-expression and the opportunity to experience life from another dimension.

Antonio likes to capture what the naked eye cannot see and is interested in exploring the connecting passages between different dimensions in his art. It is a never-ending journey, and therefore each painting has no beginning or end – just the interaction of characters that flow between worlds where time is suspended. He has always been curious and intrigued about the concept of multi-dimensionalism.

While studying the works of many surrealists he came across a technique called Fumage. Because of the way smoke constantly changes its form in any given space, and in such an unpredictable fashion, He feels it is the perfect medium with which to explore this genre. The painting process is organic, allowing the smoke to guide him.

During our upbringing, we all are conditioned by institutions and by our families to behave in a contrived manner. We are taught what is right or wrong, good or bad, appropriate or inappropriate, learning to move in a restricted space and learning to think in a limited way, toggling between the polarities of Black or White.

This circumscription of body and mind not only makes us less accountable for our actions but also less responsible for our intentions. Living in a black-or-white environment creates a linear paradigm, one that prevents us from discovering ongoing possibilities of inner growth and independence, with new elliptical or circular paradigms.

All too often, we turn a blind eye to our own complicity in this prison of linearity. We seek the comfort of the familiar, so we shun the foreign, the strange, the alien. Yet with this shunning, we choose to deny our role and our responsibility in perpetuating a binary state of experience.

Therefore, in my paintings, I push against linearity and preconceived forms. I seek to create new concepts and to open new questions. I seek to provide the viewer an opportunity to step away from conditioned behavior, to welcome an unrestricted journey into self-discovery, stepping beyond the hard line of black-or-white reality. I call that line: the gray area.

The gray area is a non-judgmental, non-linear spacewhere we allow ourselves to interact with our environment, breaking free of duality and of conditioned responses. Awakening to an uncontrived self may leave us vulnerable yet also may open us to the vibrancy of new perspectives.

With each painting, I emphasize a fluidity of field and perception, to lead the viewer to see the object as both a part of and apart from its landscape. In this way, the viewer is both observer and participant, and the canvas is both strange and familiar. Other dualities fall away too: black/white, outsider/insider, center/edge. Ultimately, this new dynamic orientation invites the viewer to enter multidimensional reflection while remaining present in an experience and while awakening to the knowledge that gray matters.