A resident of Virginia for the past forty years, Frederick Chiriboga was born in a remote mining town in Nevada. He grew up in Ecuador and Colombia until returning to the U.S. to attend Wayne State University in Detroit. He has worked in his current studio downtown Richmond for the past fifteen years.
Chiriboga’s imagery, while not at home in the mainstream of Latin American art, is nevertheless bright with Latin color and culture. His work reveals the detachment and observant eye of a visitor and conveys the traveler’s sense of alienation as he realizes he is not in his own world.
This mood of alienation, which can be sensed in his large output of paintings and three-dimensional work, is delivered with passion and intellect, but peppered with a wry and subtle sense of humor.
The good trickster that he is, Chiriboga shares his wit and vision, but with a wink.