Antonio Muñiz was born and raised in Chihuahua, México. As early  as age 10, he came to the realization that life was rather rigid, and defined by boundaries and expectations which did not fit his natural instincts. In that environment self-expression and individuality were limited.  Antonio found himself isolated, not from the world or society, but from himself. At age 17, he moved to Chicago to pursue architectural studies. In 1996 he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at the New School of Architecture in San Diego.   Early in his career, he established himself as successful designer, working in several firms. He was again frustrated, however, by the constraints. This pushed him to seek avenues beyond those everyday constrictions and explore alternatives that allowed more creative  freedom and the opportunity to experience life from fresh angles. He turned to painting where he attempts to open portals beyond what the eye normally sees.

Like the universe, which is constantly contracting and expanding,  the paintings have no beginning or end; just an interaction that flows where time is suspended.

While studying the surrealists he discovered the technique of Fumage. Because smoke constantly changes its form unpredictably in space, Antonito felt it was the perfect medium with which to explore.  The smoke is unstable as it rises from its primitive can to interact with the canvas. It can be urged by the artist but not controlled.

By allowing the smoke to guide him, Antonio’s creative process becomes organic.

As humans, we are conditioned by cultural institutions, families, and our environment to behave in a predictable manner.   We are restricted, Antonio believes, to movement between the polarities of right and wrong, good or bad, appropriate and inappropriate.

Such circumscription not only makes us less accountable for our intentions but also less responsible for our actions.  A linear paradigm discourages independence and the exploration of new elliptical or circular paradigms.

Antonio’s  paintings resist linearity and preconceived forms.   He attempts to pose new questions and to provide the viewer with the opportunity to step into an unregulated gray area beyond the hard lines of black and white.  It is a non-judgmental, non-linear space with fluidity between field and perception. Each painting offers the viewer the opportunity to be both a part of and apart from its landscape.  Being both allows the work to be strange and familiar simultaneously.  Ultimately, this new dynamic orientation invites the viewer into a zone of vulnerability where  gray matters. It is certainly not monochromatic. In the quirky independence of the smoke color is also discovered.  The carbon patterns stimulates the artist’s impulses for both color and mass.