Salon Andres Bello,September 8th, 2006
Antonio Fink was born in Mexico City,
Mexico in 1964. He went to U.T.
Pan American in Texas, U.S.A. in 1984 to study fine arts. His first exhibit
happens in 1986, and in 1988 he receives awards for his black and white
photography about socio-economic injustice in Mexico from the local museum
in South Texas. Fink returns to Mexico City in 1989 where he exhibits
acrylics on canvas and ceramic objects in private galleries.
Fink's ceramic work is exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico
and two years later in the Carrillo Gil Museum as well. He meets and,
in 1992, marries Ariadna Ibarguengoytia. They settle in Mexico City. In
1993 Fink organizes an exhibit in his studio in Mxcoac. The exhibit features
work by Fink, Guillermo Rangel, Maribel Portela, Gabriel Kuri, and Guillermo
In 1995 the couple moves to Philadelphia, PA. Fink is accepted into a
five year residency program at The Clay Studio. His first solo is at the
Clay Studio gallery in March of 1997. The show features 6 x 2 feet tile
paintings of human figures mounted on wood. The colors are bright and
intense, and the primitive figures narrate different stages and roles
of man and woman together in life: annunciation, pregnancy, mother and
child. In June of that year Mathias Fink Ibarguengoytia is born in Philadelphia.
Fink works alongside Leroy Johnson, Kukuli Velarde and Hirotsune Tashima
at the Clay Studio. In 1998 he participates in "Clay on the Fringe,"
an exhibit of Ceramic Installations. His work is exhibited in numerous
galleries in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. In January
of 2000 Emilio Fink Ibarguengoytia is born in Philadelphia. In September
Antonio Fink receives the Future Faculty Fellowship from Tyler School
of Art to pursue a Masters in Ceramics.
In the Summer of 2001, Fink receives another award from Tyler to study
Vision and Rationale in Rome, Italy. He manages to produce work in Rome
after appropriating large scale vinyl canvases with images of Roman classic
reliefs. In 2002 he finishes "Celebrate," and installation with
800 wheel thrown and altered cylinders on a Tyler Campus lawn.
"Celebrate," is a memorial for the living: his peers at the
School. Each component took a name of a student, and was installed alphabetically
on the lawn. It took one year to create this project. Fink is awarded
the Masters in Ceramics in 2002, and is soon hired by The Haverford School
in Haverford, PA. to teach art.
Since his first year at Haverford, Fink manages the art gallery there
and curates exhibits year round. He also shows his work at the Haverford
gallery: Serigraphy in 2003 and Rare Portraits in Clay in 2005.
For the Summer of 2006 Fink will work with Curlee Holton as a resident
artist in the print making studios of Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
Fink is working on drawings of the human figure in motion, and plans to
create large prints on canvas during his stay at Lafayette College.
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