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 process of 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.

During the pandemic, I made the decision to step out of my comfort zone in an effort to rise from the ashes of the media apocalypse to which we were subjected, which led me to explore other means of artistic expression aligned with pop art: cartoons and pet portrays. My cartoons emphasize humor through pure, carefree social critique that seeks to make the spectator confront the erotic reality of the present world through the humanization of genitalia. 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 two lines of creative work, I employ solid vibrating colors to arouse durable feelings and impressions.