Albuquerque, NM (2010) – Old meets ancient in artist Frederico Vigil’s TORREÓN FRESCO at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The painting, completed in October 2010, embraces the ancient by using the centuries-old fresco method of painting, in which paint is applied to wet plaster to create a permanent chemical bond.

The Torreón Fresco, which Vigil began in 2002 and completed in 2010, depicts the development of Hispanic culture from prehistory to the present onto the interior of the Torreón structure, built with few windows and very small entrances (a design originally meant to protect from invaders). It is a perfect canvas for this permanent piece, which spans more than 4,000 square feet of the interior walls and ceiling. The themes in the fresco are as sweeping and grand as its size and include religious iconography, celestial bodies, and meaningful cultural references.

A native of Santa Fe, Vigil has been working in fresco for many years. The Torreón Fresco – four years in progress at the time – helped mark Albuquerque’s 300th birthday celebration in 2006.  Learn more about the center at