“The paintings occupy a unique place, both exuberant and serious, and demand to be taken on their own terms.”
— Gabriel Perez-Barreiro, Modern Painters
Federico Herrero’s work stands outside Latin America’s traditions of Conceptualism, muralist, and geometric abstraction, but references all these styles. His palette has grown increasingly minimal in recent years, drawing down the essence of his earlier, busy and colorful paintings, murals or installations that blured the line between studio and street. In Untitled (2016), the Costa-Rican artist uses the tension between boundlessly vibrant pigments and minimal brushstrokes to emphasize the absence and abundance of space.
In 2001, at just 23 years old, the artist participated in the 49th Venice Biennale, curated by the illustrious Harald Szeemann, and won the Golden Lion Award for Young Artists. Today, his work is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Tate, London, and MAM-SP, Sao Paulo, and many other institutions internationlly.
—Courtesy of ICI
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City
Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City
About Federico Herrero
Costa Rican, b. 1978, San Jose, Costa Rica, based in San Jose, Costa Rica