Frederico Vigil, an artist often referred to as the “Michelangelo of New Mexico” and whose original compositions are in an exhibit in the Apex Gallery at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, will present a lecture about his work at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16.
The lecture takes place at South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s West River Bureau office at 415 Main St.
An artist’s reception will be held Friday, Nov. 17, at the Apex Gallery.
Vigil’s art will remain in exhibit through Dec. 1. In 2014 Vigil traveled to Albuquerque, Spain, to create a fresco at the Salon De Plenos (city hall). This gallery showing includes work from this landmark sister city project.
Born and raised in Santa Fe, N.M., Vigil first became involved with the ancient art of fresco painting during an internship in 1984 with Lucienne Bloch and Stephen Pope Dimitroff, who were apprentices to Diego Rivera. Inspired by these and other fresco masters, Vigil has since completed more than two dozen major fresco pieces, including one of the largest concave frescos in the world. Located inside the Torreón at Albuquerque’s National Hispanic Cultural Center, the fresco took nearly 10 years to complete and spans 4,000 square feet. Vigil also created the fresco located in Benildus Hall on campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Vigil’s exhibitions have extended across the United States, Spain and Mexico. One of his most recent works located at the University of Notre Dame. He has been the recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, an NEA Art Fellowship Award and numerous other awards.
For his exhibition at the Apex Gallery Vigil is showing cartoons from his fresco projects. Cartoons (or cartones) are large drawings done to the exact scale of an architectural space. Following an ancient pre-renaissance tradition these drawings were the first step to realizing a narrative, which was most often a biblical story.