Pedro Friedeberg (born January 11, 1936) is a Mexican-born artist and designer known for his surreal work filled with lines of color and ancient and religious symbols.
His most famous piece is the “hand chair”: LA SILLA MANO, a sculpture/chair, designed so that the palm of the hand acts as a seat, the back being materialized by the fingers also forming the armrest.
Friedeberg began his architectural studies without ever finishing them, they draw in opposition to the conventional forms of the 1950s, and even totally implausible forms such as, for example, his houses with artichoke roofs.
However, his work caught the attention of artist Mathias Goeritz who encouraged him to continue as an artist rather than an architect.
Friedeberg became part of a group of surrealist artists in Mexico that also included Leonora Carrington and Alice Rahon, who were irreverent, rejecting the social and political art that was dominant at the time.
Friedeberg has always had a reputation for being eccentric and declares that art is dead because nothing new is produced