(Buenos Aires, 1986)
Felipe Pantone began his artistic practice as a teenager, making graffiti in Torrevieja, in the south of Spain. Calligraphy and typography, fundamental to graffiti, were the platform whence the artist started to develop an abstract and geometric visual language aimed to be accessible and democratic, in a manner parallel to current technological discourse. Just like printing in the early Renaissance maintains a historical connection with today’s 3D printing, Pantone’s work retains the public vocation for graffiti, of urban communities in dialogue with the city itself. Abstraction is first used as stylistic branding, and then poured towards the references of present time full of infographics, statistics, and visual representations of data that synthesize vast realities into quickly understandable formats.
In that sense, Pantone constantly reproduces the saturation of our contemporary visual experience, making important echoes of the modernizing work of Kinetic art and its research of perception based upon current theories of sight. In today’s accelerated world of industrial production of light, color, or previously impossible visual experiences, Pantone unbalances Kinetic art’s naturalist discourse in order to give back cultural insertion to perception: the recognition of certain types of chromatic combinations is dependent on the visual languages of screens and computer images, no longer seen as an experience beyond culture.
Among his most prominent public installations are the murals commissioned by the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (France), the mosaic for the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), the murals of the Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) and the mural “Optichromie —BUF” in Buffalo (US).
Felipe Pantone currently lives and works in Valencia, Spain.
Optichromie MSS, 2019
200h x 152w x 5d cm
78 20/27h x 59 16/19w x 1 123/127d in
Chromadynamica Manipulable #23, 2022
UV paint, aluminum composite panel, plywood structure, metal guides
150h x 150w x 9d cm
59 1/18h x 59 1/18w x 3 69/127d in
Substractive Variability Circular #5, 2020
UV paint on PMMA
200h x 200w x 10d cm
78 20/27h x 78 20/27w x 3 119/127d in
Substractive Variability Dimensional 4, 2019
UV paint on PMMA
80h x 110w x 80d cm
31 63/127h x 43 39/127w x 31 63/127d in
Chromadynamica Multistable 2, 2019
UV paint on aluminum composite panel
120h x 115w x 60d cm
47 10/41h x 45 8/29w x 23 28/45d in
Subtractive Variability P 3, 2020
Lithography on Somerset paper
100h x 70w cm
39 10/27h x 27 19/34w in
Edition 20 of 30