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Pedro Friedeberg Art

Mexican, b. 1936
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, Friedeberg’s 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 sculptures have a gentle character that is sometimes described as spiritual, his paintings and prints 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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Artist: Pedro Friedeberg
Golden Snake
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Ciudad de México, MX
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20th Century Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Gold Leaf

Safe distance
By Pedro Friedeberg
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21st Century and Contemporary 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

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

Zebras and pyramids
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Ciudad de México, MX
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Cotton

Salón de los Espejos Negros
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Cuauhtemoc, Ciudad de México
"BLACK MIRRORS HALL" Mixed media on Museum board. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist and designer known for his surrealist work filled with lines colors and ancient and religious...
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Mixed Media, Illustration Board

Universal vaccination
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Ciudad de México, MX
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20th Century Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Gold Leaf

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

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Encuentro de Dos Mundos
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1980s Op Art Pedro Friedeberg Art

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FRUTERO TRIPIE (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
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Hand painted wood sculpture. Hand signed on the underside by the artist. Edition of 2. Certificate of Authenticity is included. Artwork is in excellent condition. All reasonable ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Wood

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

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

SILLA DE REGLA TRIANGULO (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

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

BANCA ZIGURATICA NINIVESCA DE 3 PLAZAS (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
Wood sculpture with gold color trim. Hand signed and numbered on the underside by the artist. From the edition of 4. Certificate of Authenticity is included. Artwork is in excel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Wood

Siluetas Peligrosas
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Cuauhtemoc, Ciudad de México
"DANGEROUS SILHOUETTES" Mixed media on Museum board. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist and designer known for his surrealist work filled with lines colors and ancient and religi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Mixed Media, Illustration Board

Capilla Particular
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Cuauhtemoc, Ciudad de México
"PARTICULAR CHAPEL" Mixed media on Museum board. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist and designer known for his surrealist work filled with lines colors and ancient and religious ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Mixed Media, Illustration Board

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

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

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

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

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

Te saluda Energúmeno Azul, 2018
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Cuauhtemoc, Ciudad de México
Signed Silkscreen 50/75 Published in: ÁLVAREZ, María and SORDO, Alejandro. Multiple Original. Stamp work by Pedro Friedeberg. Mexico. Saenger Editores, 2018, p. 199.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Pedro Friedeberg Art

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Etching

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Pedro Friedeberg art for sale on 1stDibs

Find wide variety of authentic Pedro Friedeberg art available for sale on 1stDibs. You can find work that includes elements of purple and other colors if you are browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom. You can also search for art by Pedro Friedeberg in wood, metal, gold leaf and more by medium. Much of this artist's original work was created during the 21st Century and Contemporary, and is mostly associated with the Surrealist style. Not every interior allows for large Pedro Friedeberg art, so small editions measuring 3.3499999046325684 inches across are available. Customers interested in this artist might also find the works of Francisco Toledo, Giorgio De Chirico and José Luis Cuevas. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $750 and tops out at $45,000, while the average work can sell for $4,500.

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