If you've visited the Torreon at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, you've seen the brilliant work of master fresco artist Frederico Vigil. And, frankly, if you haven't seen it, you are missing one of Albuquerque's cultural and artistic highlights. Remedy this immediately.
Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque’s North Valley has been hosting “Cartones del Torreón: Full Scale Drawings for the Torreón. These enormous ‘cartoons’ are the full scale preliminary drawings, or stencils, used to create the monumental fresco in the Torreón at the NHCC.
The closing reception on August 31 for the exhibit offers a rare treat, Frederico Vigil will provide a talk on the fresco process he used to create the magnificent walls murals for the Torreon.
Mr. Vigil spent nine years creating the fresco at the Torreón, the largest concave fresco in North America, and produced many cartoons of the historical figures portrayed in this masterpiece. He selected seven for this exhibition and this is the first time they are being shown.
They are works of that give a glimpse into the complex process of fresco art. The artist, who recently returned from an Al Fresco presentation to the Smithsonian Institution’s Latino Fellowship Program in Washington DC, as well as a three week Fresco workshop at Texas Tech Art Center, will be giving a presentation on the fresco process during the reception.
This is a rare opportunity to learn first-hand from a master about the ancient and fascinating art of fresco. The presentation will begin at 5:30PM.
Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Frederico Vigil grew up inspired by the rich history that has become the trademark of his art. Mr. Vigil first became involved with the ancient art of fresco during an internship in 1984 with Lucienne Bloch and Stephen Pope Dimitroff, who were apprentices to Diego Rivera. What: Closing reception and presentation on the fresco process with Frederico Vigil.
When: August 31, 2013, 5-7PM
Where: Nahalat Shalom Art Gallery, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW