Deredia was born in Heredia, Costa Rica on October 4th, 1954. He moved to Italy in 1976 where he has developed most of his career.
His intuition of a globalising vision of being and the universe were strengthened thanks to his retrieval of the conceptualisation of the pre-Columbian spheres of the ancient Boruca from Costa Rica. Those mysterious artefacts moved the sculptor to study both the shape and material used, as well as the function and symbology connected to the sphere and the circle.
For the Great Jubilee in 2000, Deredia placed a monumental sculpture in a niche of Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The Costa Rican’s sculpture is now housed in the niche that was designed between 1544 and 1564 by Michelangelo Buonarroti. Deredia became the first non-European artist represented at the Christian hub.
In 2009, Deredia held an important personal exhibition in the city of Rome. On this occasion, the Fori Romani opened its doors for the first time in history to contemporary art.
In 43 years of activity, this unique artist and Latin-American thinker has created monumental works for museums and public places in Europe, Asia, the United States of America and Latin America, as well as participating in 50 personal, and more than 100 collective.
About Ascaso Gallery
With a quarter century history in Caracas and Valencia, Ascaso Gallery opened its doors in Miami to extend its rich exhibition program and offer professional specialized art consulting services to South Floridians and other US clients.
The gallery’s impeccable status in the international fine art community is backed by experience, expertise, expanding market and its selection of the leading names of Venezuelan and Latin American masters. Antonio and Limari Ramirez de Ascaso have given their support to public art projects and publication of serious catalogues and books making a priority to contribute scholarly thinking and writing on Latin American art history. Ascaso Gallery is a constant presence in the most prestigious art fairs worldwide.