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Francisco Ruiz de Infante, Selva húmeda (vanitas) (Rain Forest [Vanitas]) (detail), 2014, crystal, wood, graphite, aluminum tape, video (color, sound, 4 minutes), dimensions variable.

Francisco Ruiz de Infante

Galería Elba Benitez

Francisco Ruiz de Infante, Selva húmeda (vanitas) (Rain Forest [Vanitas]) (detail), 2014, crystal, wood, graphite, aluminum tape, video (color, sound, 4 minutes), dimensions variable.

Francisco Ruiz de Infante is among the best Spanish artists working with moving images. As a teenager in the mid- to late 1980s, he was already making Super 8 films that evidenced his inclination for textured images, which he created with exquisite and striking attention to detail. While Ruiz de Infante’s connection to moving images has been steadfast, he moved to Paris in 1991 to study with Christian Boltanski. Since then, a sense of the theatrical and a deep feeling for material have entered his work.

For two decades, his production has brought together what he calls “clean images”—meaning unmanipulated ones in digital format—and “dirty” ones materialized in three dimensions. The formal synthesis of two extremes is the cornerstone of an oeuvre in which dichotomies such as memory and reality, absence and presence, and the material and the ephemeral figure centrally. It

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