Torreón Fresco

Mundos de mestizaje

A Vision of History through Fresco by
Frederico Vigil

In the  Torreón at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Opened to the public October 10, 2010

Public Hours

  • Wednesday: Available upon request 10 am-5 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm-5 pm
  • Admission: Free 


Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Frederico Vigil grew up inspired by the rich history that has become the trademark of his art. He has spent close to a decade on this monumental 4,000 square foot work, the largest concave fresco in North America. Over 3,000 years of Hispanic history are depicted in the broadest sense, from Europe to Mesoamerica and into the American Southwest, illustrating the complexities and diversity of the Hispanic experience.

Vigil first became involved with the ancient art of fresco during an internship in 1984 with Lucienne Bloch and Stephen Pope Dimitroff, who were apprentices to Diego Rivera. Following in the footsteps of the great masters, he continues this time-honored tradition inside the Torreón of the NHCC.

Buon Fresco (“true fresco”) is a complex process requiring great precision and concentration by the artist. It involves numerous coats of plaster, various stages of drawing, precise mixing of inorganic pigments, and application of paint onto wet plaster.

The Torreón is open and free to the public on Sundays from noon – 4 pm.
This project was made possible by:

I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation
National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation
Department of Cultural Affairs
New Mexico State Legislature
Sandia National Laboratories
Lockheed Martin
Bank of Albuquerque
New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union
Clara R. Apodaca
Maria Dolores Jimenez
Bank of the West
Friends of the Fresco

Photography by Blain Anderson & Laura Yanes