San Francisco, October 2012—The de Young museum will host fresco artist Javier Manrique, October 31 through December 2, 2012, as part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Artist-in-Residence Program. Manrique’s project Frescomania, inspired by the Teotihuacan wall painting at the de Young, connects the past with the present, bringing the ancient art of fresco into a contemporary context.

During Manrique’s residency in the de Young’s Kimball Education Gallery, the public will be invited to learn about the fresco process, the materials and tools it requires, and design and create tiles of their own. Visitors may reference interpretations of famous wall fragments, and will be inspired to seek out the numerous frescoes open to public view throughout San Francisco. “Fresco is all around us, but we may not know it,” says Manrique. Frescomania aims to provide greater knowledge and awareness of this age-old process.

Committed to the time, energy and trust required in fresco painting, Manrique has created and exhibited work both nationally and internationally. He is a founding member of Grupo Arteria based in Mexico City, has taught fresco painting at California College of the Arts (CCA), and is the current president of San Francisco’s Project Artaud.

The Kimball Education Gallery is free and open to the public during museum hours. Visitors can interact with Javier Manrique Wednesday–Sunday, 1–5 pm and Friday 6–8:45 pm though November 23. Learn more about the artist here.

Visiting \ de Young
The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art, textiles, and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa.

Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

Tuesday–Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday: 9:30 am–5:15 pm. Friday: 9:30 am–8:45 pm through November 23. Closed on Monday.

General Admission:
$10 Adults, $7 Seniors (age 65 and over), $6 Youths (age 13–17) and College Students with ID, FREE Members and children 12 and under, FREE general admission the first Tuesday of each month.

Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions.


The de Young Museum is accessible to wheelchair users. For information, contact the ADA Coordinator at 415.750.7645.

Related Programs

Teotihuacan Murals: A Lasting Legacy
Saturday, November 3 \ 2 pm
de Young \ Teotihuacan murals gallery
Discussion with Lesley Bone, head objects conservator for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and November artist-in-residence Javier Manrique regarding the murals and how Teotihuacan craftsmen have influenced Manrique’s process and philosophy. Gallery admission applies.

Fresco Painting an Orthodox Church
Saturday, November 10 \ 3–5 pm
de Young \ Piazzoni Murals Room
Presentation showing the process of fresco painting in Orthodox churches as practiced in the 21st century. Fr. Patrick and Fr. Moses of Saint Gregory of Sinai Monastery will show images and video clips of their works in progress, discuss the iconographic programs of the churches, and conclude with a Q&A. Free.

Artist Reception
Friday, November 23 \ 6–8:30 pm
de Young \ Kimball Education Gallery