ABOUT THE ARTIST
For more than two decades, Vik Muñiz has used such unconventional materials as chocolate, dust, garbage, pigment, soil, and thread to recreate acclaimed works of art by, amongst others, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Jacques-Louis David, Hans Namuth, Gerhard Richter, and Richard Serra. For his Pictures of Paper series, Muñiz recreated masterpieces by de Chirico, as well as Albrecht Dürer, Winslow Homer, Katsushika Hokusai, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, and Garry Winogrand, using nothing more than cut paper. As with his other series, the results allow viewers to reconsider iconic images from art history.
Vik Muñiz has had solo shows at the International Center of Photography, New York; Museo d'arte contemporanea, Rome; Paçol Imperial, Rio de Janeiro; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, to name a few. His work is in the collections of numerous institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.