I have invented several styles of architecture, as well as one new religion and two salads. I am particularly fond of social problems and cloud formations. My work is profoundly profound.

Pedro Friedeberg

Pedro Friedeberg b. 1937

Born Pietro Enrico Hoffman Landesman in Florence, Italy to German-Jewish parents, Pedro Friedeberg fled the war with his family to Mexico at the age of three. He describes his childhood as an unhappy one, and recalls being forced to learn the violin and several foreign languages. Artistic from a young age, Friedeberg was enthralled with the Gothic architecture of Florence and later, by the Aztec ruins in his adopted home-town of Mexico City. In 1957, he enrolled in the Universidad Iberoamericana to study architecture, however his studies were short lived. He found traditionalist Modernist designs boring and was more interested in creating fantastical structures than functional buildings. Encouraged by his friend and sculptor Mathias Goertiz, Friedeberg left university to pursue a career as an artist full time. He had his first solo exhibition at the age of twenty-two at Galería Diana in 1960 and began associating with other Surrealists and Neo-Dadaists, including Leonora Carrington and Alice Rahon, who also called Mexico City home. Together, they formed the group Los Hartos (The Fed-Up Ones) which was steeped in absurdist Dadaist traditions and focused singularly on making art for art’s sake. His most famous work, the Hand Chair came about almost as a joke after he was asked to give some work to Goertiz’s woodcarver in his absence. The resulting form has sold more than 5,000 copies since its inception. Aside from furniture design, Friedeberg is also an accomplished painter, his two dimensional works meld Op Art with Surrealism to create an aesthetic all his own. Known as one of the last great eccentrics, Friedeberg has exhibited widely in his time and his works reside in many public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

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Auction Results Pedro Friedeberg

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, settee | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

settee
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $62,500

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand-Foot chairs, pair | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand-Foot chairs, pair
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $33,020

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand Foot settee from the Princess Acapulco Hotel | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand Foot settee from the Princess Acapulco Hotel
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,000

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand Foot chairs, pair | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand Foot chairs, pair
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $25,000

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, dining table | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

dining table
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $20,320

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, armchairs, pair | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

armchairs, pair
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $20,320

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand and Foot occasional table | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand and Foot occasional table
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $19,200

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand Foot occasional table | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand Foot occasional table
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $18,750

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, table clock | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

table clock
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $18,000

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Mesa occasional table | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Mesa occasional table
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $18,000

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand chairs, pair | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand chairs, pair
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $18,000

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand chair | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand chair
estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $17,700

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand Foot chair | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand Foot chair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $17,500

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand Foot table | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand Foot table
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $16,250

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand Foot chair | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand Foot chair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $16,250

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand table | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand table
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $15,600

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Double Foot and Hand loveseat | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Double Foot and Hand loveseat
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $14,400

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Silla Mariposa chair | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Silla Mariposa chair
estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $14,400

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand chair | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand chair
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $13,800

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Gilt Hand Foot table | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Gilt Hand Foot table
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $12,500

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand chair | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand chair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $12,500

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand chair | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand chair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $12,500

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, Hand chair | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

Hand chair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $12,000

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, untitled | Wright20.com

Pedro Friedeberg

untitled
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $12,000