Born in Sydney, Australia, Chris Antico’s career spans more than thirty years. As a landscape painter he uses the Australian landscape and particularly the coastal strips (where he surfs daily) as the framework and setting for his deconstructed paintings.
In 2006, a chance encounter in an East Village, New York City bookstore introduced Antico to the Collected Poems of Ted Hughes. Immediately he felt a deep empathy with the power of the English poet’s direct, earthy language.
“I am interested in what makes a mark, a word, a poem or even an essay and why when taking these words off the page and placing them in my paintings they path the way to “wordless” thought, says Antico.
Chris has held over 15 solo exhibitions and has been a finalist in the Mosman and Fleurieu, the Archibald and Wynne Prizes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. His work is held in public and private collections in New York, France and Australia.