Living legend Pedro Friedeberg lives and works in Mexico City. He belongs to a group of 20th century eccentric and iconoclastic artists like Gunther Gerzso and Leonora Carrington who were irreverent, rejecting the social and political art, which was dominant at the time. “Los Hartos”group were original, irreverent and iconoclastic.
From Friedeberg´s first exhibition, his work has had an easily identifiable style, although it is not easily
classifiable. He often uses architectural drawing as his medium to create unusual compositions including
designs for "useless objects", often as a result of boredom. He has studied and incorporated elements of
various artistic and design trends from his lifetimes from Art Noveau to Op Art. Much of his work has an
industrial quality, stemming from his training as an architect. However, there is a dream like quality as well,
painting impossible palaces and other structures, with innumerable halls and rooms, secret passages and
stairs which are often absurd. Irony and surfeit are generally expressed through the almost hallucinogenic
repetition of elements and formal disorder, but it is the result of conscious thought.
Paintings, sculptures, furniture and more are often characterized as being filled with ornamentation,
with little or no white space, with lines, colors and symbols referencing ancient scriptures, Aztec Codices,
Catholicism, Hinduism and the occult. While his art has been criticized as adding ornament for its
own sake or even distraction, he disagrees, saying that ornamentation is the oldest form of fine art, added
to give objects an exceptional, even religious quality. He has called his extensive ornamentation, which i
includes elements from ancient texts, “Nintendo Churrigueresque”. Today Friedeberg at 80 is still producing fresh new work from his studio and even experimenting with new possibilities within installation and multimedia collaborations. For Zona Maco 2017 Modern Section, the artist presents a recent series of geometrical paintings and a new sculpture series made of steel to be shown publicly for the fist time. This sculptures are based in geometrical objects always present in his drawings and paintings. Geometrical shapes inspired by Platonic and Pythagorean solids, sacred geometry and quantum physics.