How does architectural space influence artistic production—and vice-versa? This is the question to be examined by means of a series of visits to the homes and studios of leading Mexican artists. The investigation will address the connections between a spatial and sensorial context—visual, auditory, material—and the work that is conceived or created within it. The discussion will successively advance more deeply, over several months, into the creative atmosphere in which a number of a key artists produce their work. Each event literally evolves in situ, with a specific character arising from the personality of the space visited, and of the person who inhabits it.
In this way, this series establishes a conceptual link between the traditional journeys made by modern architects to visit emblematic works from antiquity, and the contemporary practice of studio visits.
Last thursday 10th of March the first event of the cycle Studio Interludes took place in the studio of Vicente Rojo, designed and built by Felipe Leal in the district of Coyoacán.
Vicente Rojo Studio
Mexico City, 1995
The studio of Vicente Rojo was designed and built by Mexican architect Felipe Leal and is located in the district of Coyoacán.This is a work space tailored for a long career artist. It reflects the personality and interests of its owner in its subtle relationship with the outside and the interest for the texture of materials.
Vicente Rojo, born in Barcelona in 1932, came to Mexico in 1949 to join his father, a political refugee. During these more than sixty years, he has developed a wide body of work including paintings, graphic design and most recently sculpture. Rojo is a member of the Generation of the Rupture, he is considered one of the most important artists of the abstractionism movement in Mexico.
Felipe Leal studied architecture at UNAM. He is responsible for the entering of Ciudad Universitaria in the World Heritage List of Unesco. He founded the Public Space Authority Government of Mexico City in 2008, in 2009 he assumed the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing of Mexico City with a management that was characterized by the recovery of public spaces. He is an emeritus member of the National Academy of Architecture.