Francisco Infante-Arana

Francisco Infante-Arana

Some people think that during Soviet era there were no alternative art in Russia, but only portraits of Lenin were popular and only scenes of everyday Soviet life were depicted. To tell truth I was a bit shocked when met those installations by Russian (yes, he is Russian, no matter what was his name – he had Spanish father but was raised by Russian mother in Russia) artist Francisco Infante-Arana.

He used no photoshop, mainly because most of the images you see in this post are from 1970-1980s, he used only natural objects like mirrors, ropes and cords and endulged a lot into the effect of light and shadow.

He became widely recognized even by Soviet officials and hold personal exhibitions, as well as his art pieces were shown in main Russian museums like Tretyakovka.

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14 thoughts on “Francisco Infante-Arana”

  1. 3nd and 4th obviously inspired by works of kandinski
    and if you say “soviet” and “avantgarde” you have to say “constructivism”!

  2. The first ones, the ones with the mirror on the glass are very similar to some American hunter’s invention. He used something like that to hide himself from game right out in the open.

  3. Been doing some mirror artists searching. Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt, Anish Kapoor, Robert Irwin and now this guy +. For SOME reason his partner is not mentioned, Nonna Gorunova. Google images shows a picture of them impaled together. Haven’t found a decent bio. Where are the Russians when you need them!

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