Antonio Muñiz (August 3, 1969 – Chihuahua Mexico) is an abstract surrealist artist from Los Angeles.
Antonio Muñiz in his Los Angeles Studio – 2012
Antonio Muñiz was born on August 3, 1969 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. Muñiz lived and went to school in Chihuahua before moving to Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 16 where he continued his schooling and graduated from high school. He then moved to San Diego, California, to study architecture and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the New School of Architecture. In 1997 Muñiz moved to Los Angeles, and worked for a few Architectural firms. In 2002 he then created his own design company called Muniva Design Group. This allowed Muñiz to choose the architectural work he wanted to work on, which gave him the flexibility to pursue his interest in art and start establishing himself as an abstract surrealist artist.
Muñiz's main medium is oil on canvas, and since 2006 has been mentored by Rodrigo Pimental, a well known Mexican artist from Mexico City. Through Rodrigo Pimental, Muñiz was introduced to Andrés Blaisten, who is the leading authority on Mexican Modern Art and has the world's largest private collection of Modern Mexican Art, which is on permanent display at Museo Andrés Blaisten in Mexico City. Andrés Blaisten suggested to Muñiz that he study Wolfgang Paalen, where Muñiz discovered the technique of Fumage. Since 2010 Muñiz studied and applied the fumage technique and created his first collection of fumage paintings and drawings titled Metamorphosis.
On September 15, 2012 at the Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles, Antonio exhibited his first complete work of fumage paintings and drawings titled Metamorphosis. Muñiz received praising reviews from the show by Art Ltd Magazine and Art Scene. The show ran from September 15, 2012 to October 20, 2012.
Listed below are a few paintings from the collection using the fumage technique with oil on canvas:
Listed below are a few drawings from the collection using fumage, Gouache and color pencil on paper:
- "Mexican Modern Painting from the Andrés Blaisten Collection", The San Diego Museum of Art, September 1, 2011
- "Modern Mexican Painting from the Andrés Blaisten Collection" Archived August 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Meadows Museum SMU Dallas, March 29, 2012
- Eve Wood, "Antonio Muniz: "Metamorphosis" at Couturier Gallery", Art Ltd. Magazine, Nov 2012
- Bill Lasarow, "Antonio Muniz", Art Scene, Oct 2012