FEDERICO GUERRERO ‘Fico’, was born in Cali, Colombia, in 1977. From a young age, he began to travel extensively, taking up residence in various countries, which shaped his vision of life, thus his art and creations.

This nomadic spirit became a primary source of inspiration for him, which is reflected in the wide-ranging styles of his pieces.

Guerrero moved to Zürich, Switzerland, in 2004, which by no means quenched his artistic wanderlust. He continues to travel and create striking collections of unconventional abstracts and figuratives from diverse perspectives. Contrasting colours and spontaneity are his creative signature.

ARTIST PROFILE

My work is characterized by its versatility and duality. These two attributes stem from my life experience and my vision of the world. As a human being and artist, I have held two distinct but complimentary perspectives of my circumstances and the space that I exist in. These views have evolved organically. For this reason, in my artistic career, I have found cohesion in depicting contrary yet balanced emotions, whether it is in abstract expressionism, in cartoons, or in pop portrays. Each of these three lines of work expresses an aspect of my creative being that is in accordance with the other two.

Mi abstract work is the pictorial voice of the external chaos that has been shaped within me. Even though this voice manifests with rawness, and on occasion with violence, it finds its balance in beauty. Each composition faces contrasting aspects of the vast spectrum of human existence: the psychic experience that proceeds from the incorporation of art (especially pop art, avant-garde artists like Björk and Massive Attack, among others) through the senses, the abrupt and sweet truths that hide behind the veil of interpersonal relationships, the suffocating yet harmonious emotions of the natural world and the cosmos, the ethereal comfort and rough uneasiness of spirituality as an individual phenomenon, the vibrant explosion of feelings as a form of energy that wounds before it can heal.

Throughout the creation of abstracts, I have recurred to materials that give my work an impression of volume in order to convey the emotional and psychological impact of this shared human experience. The result has been a subtle progressive transformation of technique and texture that has strengthens the bond between the pieces and the observer, and also enriches the communication between the finished work and its surroundings.

The desire to explore new artistic avenues aligned with pop art has led me to diversify through cartoons. I chose to step outside of the canvas to introduce affordable prêt-à-porter lines of t-shirts, protective masks, comic books and digital imagery suitable for a broader audience. 

My cartoons emphasize humor by means of a pure-spirited, nonchalant social critique that seeks to make the spectator confront the reality of the present world. In some of my collections, I do this by humanizing atypical characters, such as insects (as showcased in my collection Buggerlugs, in which bugs are looking for a good time), comical genitals (as showcased with humor and tenderness, entirely devoid of pornographic nuances, in my collection Genitalians), or plants (as showcased in my collection Party Flowers, in which flowers take a break from their habitual roles in the plant kingdom, and have fun partying). 

My comic book Vampire Maids narrates the adventures of Dracula’s domestic assistants after they’re fired and banished from the castle, suddenly having to find jobs in the homes of the rich and famous all over the world. 

My pet portrays exalt the aura of the animals that are at the center of the family nucleus, highlighting the joy that they bring to the humans that love them like the small demigods that they are. 

In these lines of creative work, I employ solid vibrating colors to arouse durable feelings and impressions.