Federico Leon de la Vega is an artist, industrial designer and entrepreneur. Federico studied at the Auburn University School of Architecture (1977) and Universidad Iberoamericana (1975). Painting for pleasure gradually became his full time occupation. A successful first show in 1985 led to other shows and commissions from architects and interior designers.
Federico has shown in Misrachi, Alexandra, Tlalpalli, H.B., Alma Mérida, Samarkanda and Centro Cultural San Angel – Mexico City; Corona Gallery and Galeria Uno – Puerto Vallarta;Grove Gallery – Miami; Genesis Gallery, Noah’s Art and Mystic Seaport Maritime Art Gallery – Connecticut and Ambassador Galleries – New York .
Federico was previously a member of the National Society of Mural Painters. Samples of his murals can be found at the Bank of Nova Scotia/Inver at headquarters in Mexico City, the Nautilus Restaurant in Masaryk, La Valentina Restaurant, Bell Helicopter offices, the Chapultepec Amusement Park, Los Niños de la Calle headquarters, the Bianco Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta and the Patina Cafe in Greenwich, Connecticut. Patrons have also commissioned several murals for private residences in Mexico, US and Canada.
Federico taught Design at the Universidad Iberoamericana and Centro Universitario de la Costa/ Universidad de Guadalajara, and presently does lectures on Composition and Object Language.
Federico has contributed to several charity foundations and fund raisers such as Colegio Mexico-Americano the “America-Mexico Foundation” and the Chapultepec (Maximilian´s) Castle “Noche de Arte” in Mexico City and Palacio de Correos, “Becas Fondation” and Café des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta.
In 2004 Federico decided to reduce his participation in art galleries and opened the Estudio Cafe & Gallery on the marina waterfront of Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, mexico. The cafe has evolved into a meeting ground for artists and writers from various countries, as well as a venue for cultural activities, book presentations, music concerts and artists’ workshops.
Through his work, Federico seeks to express the significance of everyday life through original points of view. Landscapes, seascapes, people, fruits, chairs, and common objects such as shoes, are seen in a special light: two pears may become lovers as in Federico’s painting the “Intimate Pair”.
Federico´s Style can be described as impressionistic, his subjects originate mostly from nature, still, at times may be whimsical. His palette is on the bright side. His favorite formats are large, mostly starting at 3×4 feet.
Federico´s paintings are shown and sold at his family’s Estudio Cafe & Gallery in Nuevo Vallarta.
Private appointments can be arranged by telephone at: 01152 (322)297-0820 (Mexico)
Federico Leon de La Vega
In summer months Federico can be contacted at: 505-242-7646 (U.S.)
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