Francisco Infante-Arana


Francisco Infante-Arana is a Russian artist, the son of an emigrant from Spain. Born in the village of Vasilevka, Saratov region. Since 1946 he has been living in Moscow. In 1956-62. studied at the Moscow Secondary Art School, until 1966 – at the Stroganov Moscow State Academy of Arts and Industry.

Being, like all young Soviet artists of that generation, almost completely isolated from the world artistic process, Francisco Infante moved to abstract art by groping and, as he later recalled, for the first time realized that his attempts to convey philosophical intuitions through graphic schemes can also be regarded as art , in 1960 or 1961, when he saw reproductions of Hans Hartung’s works in one of the books in the Library for Foreign Literature. Later, Infanta was greatly impressed by the art of the Russian avant-garde, which he first saw in the Kostaki collection.

In 1962-68 he was a member of the “Movement” group (for the first two years it was called “The Collective of Free Artists”). Since 1968 he has been working with his wife Nonna Goryunova. In 1970 they founded the Argo group (author’s working group). Around 1976, Francisco Infante and Nonna Goryunova invent their own art genre, which they call “artifacts”. They create designs in a workshop, which are then photographed in their natural surroundings. The final result of their work is photography. The word “artifact”, as the artist recalls, he read in the science fiction novel by Clifford Simak “Reserve of the Goblins”, but in his reflections on nature and art he endowed it with new meanings.

Since the mid-1960s. regularly exhibited outside the USSR, including on IV and V Documents in Kassel. Participant of the 1977 “Dissident Biennale” in Venice. Member of the Moscow Union of Artists and the City Committee of Graphic Artists since 1973. Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of fine arts (1996). Academician of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Cadiz) since 2010

The artist’s works are in the State Tretyakov Gallery, State Russian Museum, Pushkin Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, NCCA, MAMM, Brooklyn Museum, Art Gallery of Peterborough, National Collection of Contemporary Art in Paris, Museum of Modern Art in Seoul, Setagai Art Museum in Tokyo, collection of Russian State University for the Humanities, New Museum in St. Petersburg, Museum-Reserve “Tsaritsyno”, Museum AZ, Museum ART4 in Moscow, Kolodzey Art Fund (USA), Columbus University Museum, Wilhelm Hack Museum (Ludwigshafen), Kunstmuseum in Bern, Art Museum in Lodz, Gmurzynska Gallery in Cologne.