Federico Herrero’s abstract paintings—both the monochromatic and multicolored examples —draw on the North American tradition of Color-Field Painting, as well as Tropicália, particularly in the way they bring life to art and to the setting through interaction with the colors, incorporating the landscape and the quotidian into the art. The artist makes use of different materials, such as oil paint, acrylic, marker pens, feathers and spray in a single work. Herrero also borrows from paintings left by others in the streets and incorporates them into his visual vocabulary under the name of “telepathic paintings”. As a way of giving something back and democratizing his work, he performs interventions in public space, thus partly returning what was found by chance.
Herrero’s recent solo exhibitions include Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, La casa encendida, Madrid, 21st Century Art Museum, Kanawaza, Japan, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Casa de America, Madrid, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco In 2001 he was awarded the Golden Lion for best artist under 35 at the 49th Venice Biennale.
Courtesy of Galeria Luisa Strina