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Frederico Vigil: Contemporary Fresco
October 31 - December 1, 2017
Reception Friday November 17, 5-7
Gallery talk at 6

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Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Frederico Vigil first became involved with the ancient art of fresco painting during an internship in 1984 with Lucienne Bloch and Stephen Pope Dimitroff, who were apprentices to Diego Rivera. Inspired by these and other fresco masters, Vigil has since completed more than two dozen major fresco pieces, including one of the largest concave frescos in the world. Located inside the Torreón at Albuquerque’s National Hispanic Cultural Center, the fresco took nearly ten years to complete and spans 4,000 square feet. Vigil also created the fresco located in Benildus Hall on the SFUAD campus.

Vigil’s exhibitions have extended across the United States, Spain and Mexico, with one of his most recent works located at the University of Notre Dame. He has been the recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, an NEA Art Fellowship Award and numerous other awards.

For his exhibition at the Apex Gallery Vigil will show cartoons from his fresco projects. Cartoons (or cartones) are large drawings done to the exact scale of an architectural space. Following an ancient pre-Renaissance tradition these drawings were the first step to realizing a narrative which was most often a biblical story.

His public lecture, Thursday, November 16 at 6:00, will take place off campus at South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s West River Bureau office. This will be followed on Friday with an artist’s reception in the Apex Gallery.

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