Antonio Velfin was born in Murcia, Spain, in 1970. Velfin moved to Valencia after graduating from High School. Upon graduating, Velfin attended the prestigious University of San Carlos receiving his degree in art. Velfin has been a professional artist ever since.
At the beginning of his career, Velfin’s imagery was exclusively classical — following Velazquez and Sorolla – beautiful and luminous scenes of children playing at the beach. Gradually, he became intrigued with abstraction and began to add abstract imagery into his work.
As a master of the human figure, in the above classical sense, Velfin is able to engage in a form of “abstract-realism,” a term he uses to describe two important aesthetic points. To begin with, the colors, shapes and material must flow freely without following any pre-determined style. Secondly, any image that in itself has a form in reality (for example, animals, landscapes, human beings, objects) is used as if it were a simple color or shapeless stain. The stain will be allowed to wander along the painting until it reaches an “adequate” place in the composition, such as when a brushstroke finds the ideal spot on the canvas. This is how simple abstract images appear as abstract-realism – when they are united with elements in the painting from the real world. He calls this style “New Figurativism”: the use of classical representation over colorful and abstract backgrounds.
His work is widely held in many private collections and he has participated in a great number of international art exhibitions.