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Pedro Friedeberg

Mexican, b. 1936

The sculptor and painter Pedro Friedeberg works in a richly detailed, Surrealist 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 Dadaist 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 1stDibs, the art and design of Pedro Friedeberg is singular and memorable.

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$5,517
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Pedro Friedeberg “El vuelo de Mozart” Silkscreen Art Unframed
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Pedro Friedeberg original silkscreen "El vuelo de Mozart”. Signed by the artist. Edition of 30. Includes signature Pedro Friedeberg. The price does not include the frame for a cheape...
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1990s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Cotton

Framed Surrealistic Painting by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
Artists: Pedro Friedeberg (Mexican, b. 1936) Title: "Nietzche's Last Picnic" Year: 1969 Medium: oil, pen and ink on board Size: 15 x 20" Marked: signed and dated "MCMLXIX" mid-...
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1960s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Paint

Large Pedro Friedeburg Silver Leaf Hand Foot Sculpture with COA, Signed
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible hand foot sculpture by Pedro Friedeburg (signed underneath) includes a certificate of authenticity by LOS CONTEMPORÁNEOS, more details below about this significant hi...
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20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Ceramic

Pedro Friedeberg, Exceptional Surrealist Carved Clock, Gilt Wood, Mexico 1970s
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in New York, NY
Pedro Friedeberg (b. 1937) An exceptional, dreamlike Astroclock sculpture by Mexican Surrealist master Pedro Friedeberg, in carved and gold-leafed mahogany enriched by striking pain...
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1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Gold Leaf

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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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Clock
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wonderful gold-leafed variation of this form. Signed under the foot.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

  • Pedro Friedeberg Clock
  • Pedro Friedeberg Clock
  • Pedro Friedeberg Clock
  • Pedro Friedeberg Clock
H 22.00 in. W 16.00 in. D 6.50 in.
Pedro Friedeberg Silver Gilt Vintage Hand Clock
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Westport, CT
Pedro Friedeberg handcrafted silver leaf hand clock, vintage early 1960s, with original label from dated service inside, 1969.
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Enamel, Silver

Pedro Friedeberg Mixed-Media
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early example titled Satans Sweatshirt, 1969. This example was loaned by a prominent early collector to the seminal Bryon Gallery Single artist show 1969, NYC. Hand drawn images...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

  • Pedro Friedeberg Mixed-Media
  • Pedro Friedeberg Mixed-Media
  • Pedro Friedeberg Mixed-Media
  • Pedro Friedeberg Mixed-Media
H 19.50 in. W 19.00 in. D 0.75 in.
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Pedro Friedeberg furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture from Pedro Friedeberg are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Pedro Friedeberg collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 45 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 4 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Pedro Friedeberg were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Pepe Mendoza, Feliciano Béjar and Sergio Bustamante. Prices for furniture Pedro Friedeberg can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $325 and tops out at $39,500, while pieces like these can sell for on average $12,000.

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