(Buenos Aires, 1986)
He began his practice as a teenager, making graffiti in Torrevieja, in the south of Spain. Calligraphy and typography, the fundamental focus of graffiti, were the platform from which the artist undertook the development of an abstract or geometric visual language that aims to be both accessible and democratic, parallel to current technological speech. Pantone's work maintains a historical connection with current production methods and with the visual references of the hyper-connected and digitized society. His work is a meditation on the ways in which we consume visual information in current times.
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 realities into quickly understandable formats. With this, Pantone reflects on the impact of the digital revolution and global communication on the constitution of the contemporary subject. In today’s accelerated world of industrial production with light, color or previously impossible visual experiences, Pantone recognizes chromatic combinations —such as the "glitch" or technological failure— as visual experiences linked to contemporary culture. The result is a language that moves between technology and the fine arts, taken to several applications.
Among his most outstanding public installations are the murals commissioned by the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France; the mosaic at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain; the murals in two buildings of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico; the mural "Optichromie" at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, USA and the mural "300,000 Km/s" on Faria Lima Avenue in São Paulo, Brazil.
Felipe Pantone currently lives in Valencia, Spain.