SFUAD will host fresco painter and university alumnus Frederico Vigil (’70) for a lecture in Tipton Hall on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. The presentation, “Ancient Art, New Images,” will highlight the ancient art of fresco and how Vigil’s own work reflects a unique sense of place. The event is free and open to the public.
Born and raised in Santa Fe, Vigil has been called “the Michelangelo of New Mexico.” He 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 ten years to complete and spans 4,000 square feet. Vigil also created the fresco located in Benildus Hall on the SFUAD campus.
Vigil’s exhibitions have extended across the United States, Spain and Mexico, with 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.