tabor hill gallery
©2013 enrique fig design
I am comfortable saying that I am moved by extremes. Communism, capitalism, poverty, wealth, justice, injustice, guerillas, politicians, peasants and monarchs. For me, art is a means for expressing and refining my moral, political, and religious views.
I am most inspired by the actions a person or a nation can take, past or present, that shape our world and consciousness. Whether its positive or negative, a musician or a scientist, a queen or a rebel. Specifically, I am fueled by the expressions on their faces, by their clothes and posture, as well as their environment. Their words and actions push me to make art that I hope will evoke empowerment and I choose to work with large woodblocks and print mostly in black and white to try to convey that strength. When carving, I feel the need to be both destructive and precise to create that sense of power, while I feel that size and heavy contrast generate impact.
Being a native of Venezuela, I study the history and current political climate of my country and other Latin American countries with great passion. The information I obtain, coupled with stories told by close relatives who have never left Venezuela, have and continue to be a source of motivation not only in my art, but also in my personal interests and opinions. I am also an American. The history of America, her independence, from Napoleon to Ellis Island, from the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to the Bay of Pigs, civil rights, entrepreneurs, major cities and reservations, politics, assassinations and the slow social progress in both America and the Americas sparks my imagination.
I received a BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase School of Art + Design in 2004. In 2003, I spent a semester printing in Florence, Italy, at the Lorenzo de' Medici School. My family has moved around a lot and I've had the unique experience of knowing diverse cities like Caracas, San Francisco, New York, Miami, Ann Arbor, and Santa Fe where I spent two years as an artist in residence at El Zaguán courtesy of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation. Last year I was honored to have access to the studio of the late abstract artist Janet Lippincott on Upper Canyon Road in Santa Fe where I painted and carved. Now back in New York, living in Brooklyn, I'm excited to be starting on a new body of work inspired by such a great city.
2012 - Guerilla Art Show, Gib Singleton Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe
2010 - In 3's, El Zaguán, Santa Fe
2009 - Nuevas Culturas, El Zaguán, Santa Fe
2007 - New Work, Cafe Ambrosia, Ann Arbor
2006 - New Work, Bab's Underground Lounge, Ann Arbor
2013 - Single Fare 3, RH Gallery, New York
2012 - Locals Only, Janet Lippincott Studio, Santa Fe
2010 - Zaguanistas, El Zaguán, Santa Fe
2009 - Small Works Holiday Show, El Zaguán, Santa Fe
2005 - Enrique Figueredo & Rocco DePietro, Tabor Hill Gallery, Ann Arbor
2004 - Senior Show, SUNY Purchase, School of Art + Design, Purchase
2003 - Student Show, Scuola Lorenzo de' Medici, Firenze
2008 - 2010 - El Zaguán, courtesy of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation, Canyon Road, Santa Fe
BFA - State University of New York at Purchase, School of Art & Design, Purchase, NY, 2000-2004
Scuola Lorenzo de' Medici, Printmaking Workshop, Firenze, Italia, 2003
Featured Artist, In 3's, Pasatiempo Magazine, November 2010
Santa Fe Radio Café, interview for Nuevas Culturas show, July 2009
El Semanario de Albuquerque, interview for Nuevas Culturas show, July 2009