Fernando "Coco" Bedoya

Born in the Amazons of Peru in 1952.
Bedoya is a Peruvian artist now based in Argentina who since the late seventies has acted as a hinge figure between the experiences of political activism in Peru and Argentina. Bedoya, a former active member of several collective experiences in Peru, such as Parentesis and FestivaI Contact 79, is one of the greatest exponents of screen printing recorded in that time. His work historically arose at a time where different languages and expressions linked to the massive desire of reproduction and the utopian democratizing of art emerged.
collage on paper
dimensions: 20 1/2 × 14 9/16in. (52 × 37cm)
Museo de Arte de Lima Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee 2012

South American art is inseparably intertwined with literature. For many South American artists, there is no separation at all, as was the case for mail artists and Proyecto Coquito which focusses on a educational book of the same name which many Latin Americans had used to learn to read and write. Despite the book being banned and teachers being forced to use the official government text, in 1979 Coquito was still in widespread use. Bedoya describes, “El ´80 había regresado a Buenos Aires, y en asamblea contra la dictadura argentina hice una ferviente crítica contra los militares. Al terminar, alguien me pregunta mi nombre y yo digo Coquito. Con ese nombre salvé mi vida, pues a Fernando Bedoya lo hubiesen desaparecido.” [In 1980 I had returned to Buenos Aires, and in an assembly against the Argentine dictatorship I made a fervent critic against the military regime. When finished, someone asked me my name and I said Coquito. With that name I saved my life, because Fernando Bedoya would have been disappeared.]