Federico Herrero turned the interior of the stair tower of a 13m 3-story atrium, and its connecting rooftop, into an art piece. An artist who has long placed importance on presenting art in colloquial context, he has presented many painting projects in public spaces. Working without preliminary sketches, the artist paints in an improvisational flow, contained by neither a canvas frame nor flat plane, and the work leaps around the space, including the walls, floors, and ceiling. The colors and forms of Herrero’s expressions depend largely on inspirations gained on-site. Here in the city of Towada, he took 3 weeks to realize his impressions. As you climb the tower with its bright and wriggling colors and forms, you see blue gradually increasing in the composition, until you reach the rooftop, where a beautiful blue reflecting the blue sky dominates. The rooftop functions as an observatory, from which a panorama of the city Towada and its surrounding nature mirrors the artist’s message, “the world is connected by the sky.” Herrero studied architecture and painting in Costa Rica and New York. He is active globally, including his participation in the arts program for the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi.
Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1978. Graduated from Pratt Institute. Lives and works in San Jose.