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Pedro Friedeberg

Pedro Friedeberg (Italy and Mexico, born 1936)
Pedro Friedeberg (Italy and Mexico, born 1936)

The sculptor and painter Pedro Friedeberg works in a richly detailed, surreal and eccentric artistic style that blends influences from neoclassical art, M.C. Escher and native Mesoamerican symbolism. He is best known for his Hand chair — a functional sculpture that is an icon of design-as-art.

Friedeberg was born in Florence to German parents and moved with his mother to Mexico at the outset of World War II. As a university student in Mexico City in the 1950s, he initially studied architecture, but his designs for fantastical buildings ran afoul of his rationalist, Bauhaus-oriented teachers. By chance, his drawings came to the attention of Mathias Goeritz, the German-born avant-garde painter and sculptor. He encouraged Friedeberg and made him a protégé. Friedeberg credits his mentor for instilling in him a fanatical attention to detail in his work. Friedeberg produced his first Hand chair in 1961, and has since created numerous iterations. He has also made several variants using other human limbs in different functional forms such as tables and clocks.

While Friedeberg’s sculptural pieces have a gentle character that is sometimes described as spiritual, his paintings are something entirely different. He employs deep perspective to create hypnotic, painstakingly rendered canvases that suggest rooms and cityscapes. Whatever the medium, Friedeberg’s work is arresting and instantly recognizable. The Hand chair, though familiar, remains a captivating piece — both furniture and artwork — that stands apart in any interior. Examples are often priced between $20,000 and $30,000, depending on formal variations (such as a foot-shaped pedestal), material and condition. Smaller functional items such as tabletop clocks bring about $9,000. His paintings and drawings require space; they are meant to be contemplated. Prices on original examples start at about $30,000; prints generally sell in the region of $900. As you will see on these pages, the art and design of Pedro Friedeberg is singular and memorable.

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Surrealistic Sculptural Clock by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
An iconic craved sculptural clock by the famed Mexican surrealistic artist and designer Pedro Friedeberg (Mexican, b. 1937) circa 1960s. The whimsical design incorporates the signatu...
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1960s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Sculptural Butterfly Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Two Hand Foot Sculptures by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
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Pair of Framed Ink Drawings by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of interesting color ink drawing on irregularly pattern paper by Mexican surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg dated 1989. Both framed in thin bronze with double glass front and ...
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1980s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Unique Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg
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Magnificant Gilt Hand Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
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Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Mahogany, Giltwood

Rare Editioned Bronze Hand and Feet Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
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Framed Surrealistic Painting by Pedro Friedeberg
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Located in Atlanta, GA
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Framed Surrealistic Drawing by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
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Surrealism Sculptural Hand Table Pedro Friedeberg
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Located in Atlanta, GA
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Rare Unique Cabinet Chest with Drawers Pedro Friedeberg
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1960s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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