Federico Herrero is a Costa Rican artist who recently came to Philadelphia in order to display some of his latest pieces. Thirteen of Herrero’s paintings along with two of his on-site wall paintings are currently on display at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, located at 709 Walnut St.
Herrero’s artwork uses tropical colors and various geometric shapes in his large-scale floor-to-ceiling canvas paintings. He said, “My main concern is in painting actually, not even in color but in painting.” Imitating the urban structure of his hometown in Costa Rica, Herrero relates to the energy of color that his work represents.
From his artist statement, Federico Herrero said, “Looking at streets signs, advertisements, billboards and all other pictorial, non-language based forms of communication has influenced me a lot. The remarkable thing for me is that we see them everywhere in the cityscape and that they are placed there often randomly.”
Maria Hooper, an employee at the Mayer Gallery, said that Herrero would come and go while painting the wall installations completing the works at his own pace. “He would take breaks, and then come back to finish up a little more of what he started,” Hooper said.
This was Herrero’s first exhibit in the United States. The Bridgette Mayer Gallery will be featuring Federico Herrero’s exhibit throughout the month of February.
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