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SELECTED WORKS BY Federico Herrero

Barco
Federico Herrero
Barco

2008

Mixed media on canvas

300 x 500 cm
Federico Herrero’s tropically coloured geometric compositions have been painted on floors, walls, parking garages and even buses around the world. Such is the widespread application that encountering these compositions as singular objects can lead one to forget how they came into being in the first place. Since Herrero began hanging his work on trees in his native of San José, Costa Rica, the enduring aesthetic of the artist’s expansive paintings continues to appear in a range of forms and permutations. On Herrero’s colourful planes, landscapes of mental processes map a chromatic and compositional subjectivity. Beginning as an encounter with a site, which could be the surface of a canvas or a public façade, the artist’s characteristic style envelopes space to force renewed understandings of distance and proximity.
Untitled
Federico Herrero
Untitled

2008

Mixed media on canvas

300 x 500 cm
Herrero’s unrestricted sense of space brings together the site of artistic production and a conception of public space unique to the urban environment of San José. Growing up in a city marked by a complete lack of urban planning can be chaotic, but it is the geography of such activity that influences Herrero’s paintings. At times they appear to show an aerial view of downtown areas, with its old Spanish grid model disbanding into an endless labyrinth of seemingly never-ending suburbs (Amansalva, 2014).
In another moment, they transgress outlines becoming neither pictorial nor linguistic forms of communication. They intercept the logic of urbanism, one that does not grow vertically but horizontally creating a continuous and undefined periphery.
'A' invertida
Federico Herrero
'A' invertida

2011

Mixed media on canvas

197.5 x 146 cm
Herrero’s paintings offer as many possible readings as they do layers of colour and form. The roofs and ceilings of San José, with rectangles of various shades of cadmium yellow (Zipacna, 2014), recall the colour palettes of Brazilian modernism. Meanwhile, the flat masses of paint in blue and green that descend into pastel colours of pink, sky-blue, violet and orange (Untitled, 2008) reveal an even broader visual spectrum. Each painting is the continuation of another; they propose a version of events, a map of subconscious dreams and fantasies illuminated by the artist’s interior world. Herrero’s abstractions are rather like mental forms distorted by personal memories from daily experiences of a local environment.
They are also immediately accessible to a spectator, who might view this surface tension (shapes, colours, forms) as friendly and playful compositions of a social intent. The pluralism of visual culture allows for a mutability of meanings, making Herrero’s fantastical dream world of complex mental territories one of universality.
Zipacná
Federico Herrero
Zipacná

2014

Mixed media on canvas

270 x 290 x 5.5 cm
Amansalva
Federico Herrero
Amansalva

2014

Mixed media on canvas

270 x 220 x 5.5 cm
© Osei Bonsu, 2014

Federico Herrero's BIOGRAPHY

Federico Herrero
Born in 1978, San José, Costa Rica
Lives and works in San José, Costa Rica



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2014
Letras y Volúmenes, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City
Zipacna, el creador de montañas, Sultana Galerie, Paris
Sies + Hoeke Galerie, Dusseldorf (forthcoming)

2013
El espacio se construye. Diablo Rosso, Panama

La terraza de Hanzel y Gretel. La casa encendida, Madrid, Spain

2012
Aloha Amigo, 21st Century Art Museum, Kanazawa
Paintings, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia

2011
Vibrantes, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
Catarata, Proyectos Ultravioleta; Guatemala City
Abaco, Des Pacio, San Jose
Apretados Vibrantes, Casa de America, Madrid
Letras y numerous, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo
Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf

2010
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen

2009
La Central, Bogota
Amalgama, Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid

2008
Amansalba, Teoretica, San Jose
Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
Blow de la Barra, London
Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf
Colorigami, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo

2007
Paintings, Blow de la Barra, Athens

2006
Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid
Walls/Muri, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice

2005
Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf
Watari Museum for Contemporary Art, Tokyo
New Paintings, Blow de la Barra Gallery, London

2004
Japanopera: vertical thoughts, Gallery Koyanagi viewing room, Tokyo
Mental Landscapes and transit lines, Viafarini, Milan
The Corridor, Reikjavik

2003
Pintacoteca, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José
Paisajes Mentales, Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid

2002
Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf

2000
Recuadros (together with Carlos Garaicoa), Jacop Karpio Gallery, San José

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2013
P33 panorama, São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, SP, Brasil.
On Painting, CAAM Modern Art Atlantic Centre, Canary Islands, Spain
Concepcion41, Antigua, Guatemala.

Una posibilidad de escape, EACC de Castellon, Spain.
Do it, catalogue and touring exhibition.
Inside Joke. Diablo Rosso Gallery, Panama city
Practicas pictóricas actuales, Centro de Arte Tomas y Valiente (CEART) Madrid, Spain

2012
Play with me, MOLAA long beach CA, USA

2011
Para/site, Hong Kong.
Icarus Spacecraft 13, BAK, Utrecht.
Art Basel Miami Beach, Stand K14, Galeria Luisa Strina, Miami, USA

2010
Panamericana, Kurimanzutto Gallery, Mexico
Utropicos, XXXI Bienal de Pontebedra, Spain
Modelos para armar – Pensar latinoamerica desde la colección MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Castilla y León

2009
Fare Mundi/Nuevos Mundos, Latin American Pavillion 53rd Venice Bienale
Segunda Trienal Poligrafica del Caribe, Puerto Rico
Pintura, el proyecto incompleto, Centro Cultural espana; Ciudad de Guatemala

2008
Out of storage – Peintures choises de la colección. MUDAM Luxemburg
Interrogating Systems: 2008 cifo grants and commisions exhibition, CIFO Art Space, Miami

2007
Existencias, MUSAC Museo de arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León
Espacios de Hospitalidad, MDE07 Encuentro internacional de arte contemporáneo Medellín, Medellín
Continuous Project Altered Monthly, ACC Wattis Institute, San Francisco
2nd Moscow Biennale, Moscow

2006
Information Center, Estreche Dudoso, San José
BELIEF, Singapore Biennale

2004
Accion Directa, Prague Biennale 2, Czech Republic.
I can’t relieve its painting, _h4tch, Mexico D.F.
Diverse Ways of Happiness, Aichi World Expo 2005, Nagoya
Primera Bienal de Sevilla, La alegría de mis sueños, Sevilla
Producing Reality, Fundazione Prometeo, Lucca
Empty Garden, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
PR 04, San Juan and Rincón, Puerto Rico

2005
Abstraccion, Museos del Banco Central, San José

2003
Octava Bienal de la Habana, El arte con la vida, La Habana
First Prague Biennial, Peripheries become the Center, Prague

2002
Artistmos, Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei
Urgent Painting, Musee d’ Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

2001
Plateau of Humankind, 49th Biennale de Venezia, Venice (Award: Special prize to a young artist)
Políticas de la Diferencia, Itinerant: Pinacoteca, São Paulo; Museo de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires
Radio Reloj, Galería Nacional, San José
Arqueotipos, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José

2000
De Generación, La Nueva Escuela, San José
Neo Arte, TEOR/éTica, San José
Puertos y Costas Ricas, TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica and M&M Proyectos, San Juan
El ultimo dibujo del milenio, Teatro Nacional, La Habana
Ex3, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José

1999
El artista a través de los objetos, Galería Nacional, San José