Tony Chirinos (born Venezuela; lives in Miami, FL) earned a BFA from Florida International University, Miami and an MFA from Columbia University, New York. His work has been exhibited at numerous venues including the SRO Photo Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock; Gordon Parks Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY; Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR; Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; Mercer County Community College, Windsor Township, NJ; The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY as well as Krakow Photomonth Festival, Poland. He has been a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellow and received a grant from the William Talbott Hillman Foundation for his monograph The Precipice (Portland: Gnomic Book, 2021). His work is in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design, Miami; Enfoco and Mount Sinai Medical Center, both New York, NY; Candela, Richmond, VA; Photographic Center Northwest; Light Work, Syracuse, NY; Center for Creative Photography; Mercer County Community College; and Center of Photography at Woodstock.
Statement from the Artist:
“Eliminating Immigrants” is a portrait series of young men representing their individual knowledge and interests. The project deals with the stress and injustice that is being witnessed at an alarming rate in our country. It layers political content with pop culture to reflect how daily, intimate experiences and everyday life struggles are reflected in music and social media.