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Pedro Friedeberg Art

Mexican, b. 1937
Mexican, b. 1937

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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SILLA DE GOBERNATE CUADRO (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
Wood sculpture with gold color trim. Hand signed and numbered on the underside by the artist. PA (artist proof) edition. Certificate of Authenticity is included. Artwork is in e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Wood

Hand Sculpture with Two Thumbs
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg Hand Sculpture with Two Thumbs sculpture.
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2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Gold Leaf

Niño Plata con Trombo
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg surrealist sculpture. One-of-a-kind piece. Signed by the artist.
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Silver, Gold Leaf

SILLA POLICROMADA (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
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2010s Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Bronze

Pair of Hand Chairs in black
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg Gold Hand Chair. Gold leaf over wood. Signed inside the base. Includes certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Available as part of a matching set.
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1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Gold Leaf

Miniature gold hand sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg gold hand sculpture. Gold leaf over carved wood. Signed by the artist. Please inquire for additional sizes.
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1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Gold Leaf

Globalizacion Euforica
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg painting "Globalizacion Euforica". Signed by the artist. 33 x 33 in. image.
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2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Wood, Ink, Acrylic

FRUTERO TRIPIE (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg Art

Materials

Wood

Butterfly Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg Butterfly Chair. Gold leaf, Ink and acrylic over wood. Signed by the artist. Includes certificate of authenticity.
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1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Gold Leaf

Perritos
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg Giclée on canvas "Perritos" Signed by the artist. 46 X 4 in. image 49 x 49 x 2 in. framed
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Canvas, Giclée

BANCA ZIGURATICA NINIVESCA DE 3 PLAZAS (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Wood

Avioneta Angelical
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg original sculpture "Avioneta Angelical". Signed by the artist. Includes certificate of authenticity.
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Late 20th Century Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Wood

Complicaciones Innecesarias
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg painting "Complicaciones Innecesarias". Ink and acrylic on museum board. Signed by the artist. Image 29.5 x 29.5 in.
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Acrylic, Ink

Encuentro de Dos Mundos
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Long Island City, NY
A serigraph print by Pedro Friedeberg from 1987. A optical abstract image of a surrealist interior. Artist: Pedro Friedeberg, Mexican (1936 - ) Title: Encuentro de dos Mundos Year:...
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1980s Op Art Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Screen

SILLA DE REGLA TRIANGULO (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Wood

Teatro Microbiotico
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Long Island City, NY
A serigraph print by Pedro Friedeberg from 1987. A optical abstract image of a surrealist interior. Artist: Pedro Friedeberg, Mexican (1936 - ) Title: Teatro Microbiotico Year: 19...
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1980s Op Art Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Screen

Tarot
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg print. Edition of 24. 32 x 32 in. image. Framed in the artists traditional gold and black striped frame. Signed by the artist.
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2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Giclée

Templo Amistad Equina
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg print "Templo Amistad Equina". Signed and numbered by the artist. Edition of 100. 26.6 x 26.2 in. image.
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Archival Ink

Arabescos Cupidos
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg painting "Arabescos Cupidos". Signed by the artist.
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2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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India Ink, Acrylic, Wood Panel

Dog on Wheels with Windmill
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg sculpture. Signed by the artist.
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Gold Leaf

Traducción Otomí Japonés
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg original print "Traducción Otomí Japonés". Signed and numbered by the artist. 65 x 54 in. image. 68 x 56 in. framed.
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Canvas, Giclée

Colesteroles Contra Triglirecidos
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg painting "Colesteroles Contra Triglirecidos". Signed by the artist. 29 ½ x 39 1/3 in. image size.
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2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Acrylic, Board, Ink

Avionetas Mozartianas II
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg print "Avionetas Mozartianas II" Signed by the artist. Giclée 23.5 x 23.5 in image
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Giclée

Hand Chair in black
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg Gold Hand Chair. Gold leaf over wood. Signed inside the base. Includes certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Available as part of a matching set.
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1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Gold Leaf

Gold Hand Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg Gold Hand Chair. Gold leaf over wood. Signed inside the base. Includes certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Available as part of a matching set.
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1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Gold Leaf

No Pasa Nada
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg painting "No Pasa nada". Signed by the artist. 40.15 x 30.3 in. / 102 x 77 cm. image size.
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

Materials

Wood, Ink, Acrylic

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