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Federico Herrero, Landscape, paint and wood, 2017
Federico Herrero, Landscape, paint and wood, 2017

Stages Speaker Series: Artist Talk with Federico Herrero

June 1, 2017 – 7pm to 9pm


*Off-site Location- 393 Portage Ave, former Globe Cinema, 3rd floor, Portage Place Shopping Centre

Plug In ICA is pleased to present a talk by Costa Rican artist Federico Herrero, who is the 7th speaker as part of our 2017 Stages Speaker Series. This series is held off-site currently at the former Globe Cinema in Portage Place Mall, Winnipeg.

Federico Herrero’s work uses landscape and the urban environment both as the subject of his paintings and as the surface for his work. Incorporating shape, colour, pattern and graphic lines, his paintings often move beyond the canvas onto floors, walls, into the city-scape and on to architectural structures. Within an often limited palette with a pale blue often featured prominiently, Herrero embraces an intuitive approach to his work, leaving room to respond to the spaces his paintings inhabit.

Federico Herrero has had numerous solo exhibitions. Language Melody is currently presented at Sies + Hoke, Dusseldorf where he is exhibiting a new body of work, for which the gallery is publishing a 300 page monograph including an essay by Chris Sharp and an interview with Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy.  He most recently exhibited as part of United States of Latin America at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit curated by Jen Hoffman and Pablo Leon de la Barra.  He has participated in numerous international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale where he received a special prize for Young Artists in 2001. Since then he has shown to much acclaim at the Havana Biennial (2003); the Aichi World Expo, Nagoya, Japan (2005); Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami (2008); Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles (2012); and Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain (2013). Herrero lives and works in San José.

This talk is available in our online video archive.


This artist talk with Federico Herrero is part of Stages Speaker Series, which is offered in anticipation of Stages: Drawing the Curtain, a constellation of temporary public artworks to be launched in August 2017. This large-scale public art project asks artists to locate a site within the city of Winnipeg from which to contemplate the stage – its function as a platform; its meaning as a point of attention; and its physical design. Directed by their individual interests and material preferences, the artists will build sculptural ‘stages’ ranging in shape and form, connected as platforms for audiences to occupy, physically engage with and contemplate.

In keeping with the drive of Stages to bring art beyond our walls, all talks for Stages Speaker Series will be held at an off-site location. This presentation will be held at the former Globe Cinema, 3rd floor, Portage Place Shopping Centre, 393 Portage Ave, Winnipeg.

*Artists for Stages: Drawing the Curtain include: Abbas Akhavan (Toronto), Pablo Bronstein (London, UK), Toril Johannessen (Tromsø, Norway), Kara Hamilton (Toronto), Federico Herrero (San José, Costa Rica), Divya Mehra (Winnipeg), Krista Belle Stewart (Vancouver) and Ron Tran (Vancouver).


Stages Speaker Series and Stages: Drawing the Curtain are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts through its New Chapter Program.

Our community partners include Winnipeg Tourism, Alliance Française Manitoba, Urbanink, Cityplace Mall (Triovest), Portage Place Shopping Centre and Fillip, CKUW, Alt Hotel, and Alpha Masonry.