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Federico Herrero



Federico Herrero is a Costa Rica based artist whose practice is rooted in his observations of the daily life and landscape of his native country. Color for the artist is an expression of space, both in its absence and in its plenitude. The exploration of how color, shapes and signs relate to each other is part of Herrero’s narrative in a constant duel of opposites between figuration and abstraction, geometric and organic forms, the canvas and the street. Herrero is also the founder of Despacio, an independent art space in San José, Costa Rica.

In the video for tropical papers the artist talks more about his practice, mainly painting. Herrero is interested in the notion of painting as type of entity and develops work within institutions and site specifics for open spaces. Recent major institutional projects include Barreras Blandas, Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica (2020); Tempo aberto, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, São Paulo (2019); Open Envelope, Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2018); South London Gallery (2016) and Alphabet, a site-specific installation for the atrium of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2018). Herrero’s work is featured in the upcoming 2021 Thailand Biennale.

The projects of tropical papers are supported by the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso under the aegis of the Fondation de France.