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Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

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
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 Paintings

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Mixed Media, Illustration Board

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 Paintings

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Mixed Media, Illustration Board

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 Paintings

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Mixed Media, Illustration Board

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 Paintings

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Acrylic, Board, Ink

Globalizacion Euforica
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Signed gicleé/ edition of 100 "Globalizacion Euforica". Includes signature Friedeberg striped Gold leaf frame 28.5 x 28.5 in. image with frame
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2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Paintings

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Wood, Ink, Acrylic

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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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 $27,000 and tops out at $32,000, while the average work can sell for $30,000.

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