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Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

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, 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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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.
Category

2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Wood, Ink, Acrylic

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

2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

India Ink, Acrylic, Wood Panel

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.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Ink

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.
Category

2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Board, Ink

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.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Wood, Ink, Acrylic

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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.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Wood, Ink, Acrylic

  • No Pasa Nada
  • No Pasa Nada
  • No Pasa Nada
  • No Pasa Nada
H 33 in. W 43.3 in. D 1 in.
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.
Category

2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Board, Ink

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

2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

India Ink, Acrylic, Wood Panel

  • Arabescos Cupidos
  • Arabescos Cupidos
  • Arabescos Cupidos
  • Arabescos Cupidos
H 30.32 in. W 27.56 in. D 0.99 in.
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.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Ink

  • Complicaciones Innecesarias
  • Complicaciones Innecesarias
  • Complicaciones Innecesarias
  • Complicaciones Innecesarias
H 38.98 in. W 38.98 in. D 1.97 in.
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 Paintings

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Butterfly Chair
  • Butterfly Chair
  • Butterfly Chair
  • Butterfly Chair
H 35.04 in. W 15.75 in. D 23.63 in.
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.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Archival Ink

  • Templo Amistad Equina
  • Templo Amistad Equina
  • Templo Amistad Equina
  • Templo Amistad Equina
H 28.35 in. W 28.35 in. D 0.79 in.
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.
Category

1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Pair of Hand Chairs in black
  • Pair of Hand Chairs in black
  • Pair of Hand Chairs in black
  • Pair of Hand Chairs in black
H 35.44 in. W 18.12 in. D 19.69 in.
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.
Category

1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Hand Chair in black
  • Hand Chair in black
  • Hand Chair in black
  • Hand Chair in black
H 35.44 in. W 18.12 in. D 19.69 in.
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.
Category

1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Gold Hand Chair
  • Gold Hand Chair
  • Gold Hand Chair
  • Gold Hand Chair
H 35.44 in. W 18.12 in. D 19.69 in.
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.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Silver, Gold Leaf

  • Niño Plata con Trombo
  • Niño Plata con Trombo
  • Niño Plata con Trombo
  • Niño Plata con Trombo
H 16.8 in. W 13.4 in. D 6.5 in.
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.
Category

1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

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.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Gold Leaf

Previously Available Items
Composition with pyramids
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Greenwich, CT
original painting by surrealist Mexican Artist Pedro Friedeberg (b. 1936) Date : circa 1960's Year: 1969 Medium: oil, pen and ink on board Size: 15 x 15 inches ( 21 x 21 in. w. frame...
Category

Mid-20th Century Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Ink, Oil

"Four Acrobats in Six Positions" Geometric Surrealist Print Edition 1 of 50
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Houston, TX
Geometric patterns with diamonds and other shapes. Painting consist of red figures that appear to be standing on chairs or hanging off of them. Print is the 1st edition of 50 prints....
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Lithograph

Frenologia del Feronom Pleonasmico y/o Energumenico
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg painting "Frenologia del Feronom Pleonasmico y/o Energumenico". Signed by the artist.
Category

2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Ink, Acrylic, Wood Panel

No me hables de eso
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg painting "No me hables de eso". Signed by the artist. Cloth mat. 13.75 x 10.5 image.
Category

2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Ink, Acrylic

Ni Idea
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg painting "Ni Idea". Ink and acrylic on museum board. Signed by the artist. 23 x 23 in. image.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Board, Ink

  • Ni Idea
  • Ni Idea
H 30.25 in. W 30.25 in. D 1.5 in.
Ni Idea
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg painting "Ni Idea". Ink and acrylic on museum board. Signed by the artist. Image 23 x 23 in.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Board, Ink

  • Ni Idea
  • Ni Idea
H 30.25 in. W 30.25 in. D 2 in.
"Aviones Musicales" Surrealist Fantasy Painting in gilded Ziggurat frame
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Musical Butterfly Airplanes. ("Aviones Musicales Sobrevolando Papalotitlan")in original Ziggurat gilt frame. (minor wear to the gold leaf gilding) Pedro Friedeberg was born in Floren...
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20th Century Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Surrealist Architectural Fantasy Painting "RSVP"
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
"SOS" "RSVP" "QED" "Los Ignorantes..." in original Ziggurat black cloth frame. Pedro Friedeberg was born in Florence, Italy, 1936, to German-Jewish parents, He arrived in Mexico at...
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20th Century Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Surrealist Architectural Fantasy Painting "Un Domingo En Gibraltar"
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Fish floating in a Piranesi or Fornasetti inspired landscape. In original Ziggurat black cloth frame. Pedro Friedeberg was born in Florence, Italy, 1936, to German-Jewish parents, H...
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20th Century Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

Pedro Friedeberg paintings for sale on 1stDibs

Find wide variety of authentic Pedro Friedeberg paintings available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Pedro Friedeberg in acrylic paint, ink, paint and more. 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 permits large Pedro Friedeberg paintings, so small editions are available measuring 27.559999465942383 inches across. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Linda Cosgrove, Maike Kreichgauer and Oleg Turchin. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at US$27,000 and tops out at US$32,000 while the average work can sell for US$30,000.