1. I met Federico Herrero in San Juan during the
PR 02 Biennale. I found him where he was carefully painting yellow
pedestrian crossing lines on the floor of the lobby of the Fortaleza
building, bringing the street inside the building. During the days
that followed we became good friends. His work surpasses traditional
approaches to painting, from the finding of references in the painted
surfaces he encounters every day, to the defying of two dimensionality
through the creation of emotionally charged spaces through surfaces
he paints himself.
2. It would be too easy to situate Federico’s work within
a double periphery becoming center: Costa Rican artist living and
working in Costa Rica. Within these conditions/contradictions, Federico
is a young successful artist in both the commercial circuit and
the international art scene; however his work resists the requirements
of any of the two fields, but emerges from Federico’s own
center from where it expands to other territories.
3. I am interested in things that are located somewhere in between
the semi-center and the semi-periphery, from where they are able
to negotiate their position with the center without making concessions,
and to work from the periphery in order not to lose contact with
their reality, while
creating a dialogue and bridging the gap existing between the political
and the aesthetical conditions of the world.
— Pablo Leon de la Barra
Selected solo exhibitions: 2003: Museum of Contemporary
Art and Design, San José; Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid; 2002:
Sies + Hoeke Galerie, Dusseldorf.
Selected group exhibitions: 2003: 8a Bienal de
La Habana; 2002: Artistmos, Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei; Urgent
Painting, Musee d’art moderne de la Ville, Paris; 2001: 49a
Biennale di Venezia; Políticas de la Diferencia, Pinacoteca,
São Paulo Brasil/ Museo de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; Radio
Reloj, Galeria Nacional/ Museo de los Niños, San José;
Arqueotipos, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo,
San José; 2000: Recuadros, Jacob Kapio, San José;
De Generación, La Nueva Escuela, San José; Neo Arte,
Teorética, San José; Puertos y Costas Ricas, M.M.
Proyectos, San Juan, Puerto Rico; El ultimo dibujo del milenio,
Teatro Nacional, La Habana; Ex3, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo,