We are selling Casa Kamffer after 60 long years living in this beautiful Mexican colonial style home, now moving to the countryside to live in a more sustainable way, we are going to missed the city lights, the social life and all the other perks, we hope the ones that buy the house will maintained it and love it like we did, but it is up to them what to do with the property.
Address: Plaza Rio De Janeíro 62 Colonia Roma C.P. 06700 Alcaldía Cuauhtémoc Mexico City MEXICO
Price: $ 2 000 000 USD
Age: 60 years the government officially give us less than 30 years although the house was originally built around 1930 but the film director Raul Kamffer completely remodeled it in 1960.
Size: Terrain 209m2, Interior 491 m2
Property Type: Town House
Parking: One covered garage
5 Levels: A basement, a ground floor. and 3 floors up
Water works: 1 Cistern and 2 water tanks until today never had a problem with lack of water.
8 Bedrooms, 7 baths, 2 Laundry Areas: 5 Living Rooms.
Green Areas: 1Inside garden and 1 roof garden.
Neighborhood: Live in trendy Colonia Roma, nearby metro and metrobus stations, schools, department stores, gourmet restaurants and fancy shops, gyms, Laundry and dry cleaning facilities, museums, theaters and cinemas and in front of Plaza Rio de Janeiro one of the most beautiful public garden in Mexico City.
Casa Kamffer was remodeled in 1960 by Raul Kamffer, the French-style house built in the thirties was transformed to Mexican neocolonial, although it really is a fusion of styles since many of the components were demolition materials, some very old such as the iron gates and the colonial columns which support The House but who was really Raul Kamffer, not only he was my father, he also was an antiquarian, run an art art gallery, a filmmaker, wrote several scripts which we are actually looking for a brave director to film them, an expert in Pre-Columbian Art and finally an architect, although he never graduated. He told me that TheHouse had influences from El Caco Parra, a great student of Barragán, El Caco nicknamed like that because when he was a student he was very poor and had to steal materials from his classmates in order to continue studying, of course his great merit was to give a Mexican flavor to El Estilo Barragán, probably his most emblematic work is La Casa del Indio Fernández in Coyoacán.
The history of Casa Kamffer is vast and I will probably forget several anecdotes but let’s start at the very beginning, my parents belonged to The Communist Party and were always from the left, this led us to have several visits from the world of arts and politics, Che Guevara stayed a few nights after fleeing from Guatemala, Siqueiros held a meeting when he got out of jail, which they forbade me to attend but anyway I sneaked in and the master liked me so much that I was the guest of honor at the inauguration of the Cuauhtémoc Mural in Bellas Artes, which my parents would not let me attend because we sided more with the Diego Rivera faction. Siqueiros was totally an Stalinist.
The Nomenklatura came to this house twice to expel my parents from the Communist Party, I can still hear the shouts, the last one was in 1968 the student movement, the grievance was that my parents who attended the UNAM at that time supported what the boys decided and the party wanted to manipulate them, the best thing about belonging was the parties to which Oscar Chavez came to sing, by the way I forgot to mention that my father was a sybarite and every day there were splendid meals the wine flowed so the usual suspects, from the film industry theater or politics such as Jodorowsky, Jorge Fons,Juan Mora,Tony Khun, La Chona’s husband, actor Hector Ortega and his brother in law Carlos Payán, ex-director of La Jornada, there were more suspects but I don’t feel like remembering them just now.
When my parents finally separated celebrities stop coming in droves but the show must go on, now we were hosts to real younger lets get wasted parties with the presence of Rita Guerrero, Son De Madera,Abraham Cruz Villegas and many more. In the rebellion not The Communist Party anymore but still left wing, we gave asylum in 2006 to comrades fleeing the repression from the sister Republic of Oaxaca, another time we hosted 50 Huichol indians who came to the big city to legalize their lands, just imagine the problems we had to go to the bathroom, lately the house participates in the bicycle revival and hosts the first meeting of El Paseo de Todos, a group that currently has more than 4000 cyclists riding around Mexico City, we still had famous guests who stayed longer than expected, like the heads of ONGs such as Charlie Cordero of Fundación Mexico Vivo or Miho Hagino of Fundación Paisaje Social and last but not least hosted Wirikuta on the roof, a high temperature ceramic workshop directed by my brother Marco Kamffer who currently lives in Contreras.
We pull trough earthquakes, some burglary attempts, fires scares which led to the chimney of the house being closed, survived when the secret police raid us looking for marijuana, we got used to the virus of gentrification with the consequent increase of expenses still managing to keep The House even more beautiful, all good things come to an end, we are moving to the forest, time to live more according to the principles, The House is for sale, hopefully those who buy it will treasure it.
Oaxaca is just magic, since i was little I wanted to live there, on these days is the only state to ban Starbucks, Coca Cola for the underage and allowed abortion and marriage of the same sex, in other words Oaxaca is the most advance state in Mexico and soon we hope will become a truly independent and separated country it truly deserves it.
One of the best features in Oaxaca is that it hosts La Maquina, the most fascinating printing workshop in the world, commanded by an exceptional printer Don Francisco Limón.
In October 2019 I was honored to be allowed to do a print in La Maquina, to begin with, it was a bit hard to many distractions, parties, friends, beautiful women, mezcal and excellent food.
The print name is The Ducks Also Ride is about a mother and her daughter searching for independence, riding back to the country, and leaving it all behind, in other words escaping to freedom.
This wasn’t my first lithography, I done one 40 years ago and it was shown in Bellas Artes México City and in the Biennale of The Federation of British Printmakers. but then it was a smaller machine and we have to ink the the stone manually.
Kuate 40 years ago…………………………………………………. La Maquina today from Paris To Oaxaca.
I wish to thank all the people who help me in Oaxaca first the crew of La Maquina: Benigno Hernández, Polo Vallejo, Adrian Leon and of course the big boss Francisco Limón and second all the friends of who made my staying in Oaxaca an unforgettable experience El Negro Alberto Ibáñez, his brother Memo, my nephew Adán Gutierrez, El GoberPrecioso Hector Audiffred, El Kike, Robert Boerleider, Japo Meixueiro, Jean-Marc Tassé, Taro Zorrilla, and the ladies without them life will be so miserable first of all the real big boss Lolo, and of course the muses Erika Hernández, Maria Velasco, Luz Ma González, Natsumi Baba, Melissa Liera, Xperla, Emilia Chuliá, Nonoy, sorry if I forgot anyone else.
So after so many hardships, and shots of mezcal we finished with a wonderful edition of 25 prints thanks Oaxaca.
la historia conmigo empieza en 2012 cuando impartí un mural comunitario con gente en edad terminal de La FundaciónQuiéreme y Protégeme, yo fui instructor de este tipo de murales en los ochentas con el grupo H2O del gran maestro Felipe Ehrenbergh, experiencia que me sirvió de tema para mi tesis de Maestría en la entonces Escuela de San Carlos UNAM y claro también para poder llevar a buen puerto este taller tan emotivo con abuelitos de la cuarta edad, todos lloraban por su casa así que el tema del mural extrañamente fue Mi Casa.
Un buen día el licenciado Luis Javier de la Torre jefe de El Patronato de la Ruta de la Amistad se acerco a Taro y a Miho para organizar varias rodadas ciclistas, la idea era promover la ruta de la amistad y gestionar la construcción de una ciclopista entre las esculturas. yo apoyé llevando a los grupos ciclistas y en el diseño del poster.
Dentro del Corredor cultural Roma- Condesa,Paisaje Social organiza una pequeña rodada con el fin de promover una exposición sobre urbanismo en el muca Roma. Los ciclistas portaban una camiseta de mi autoría.
En parte de esta segunda década del siglo XXI tuve el honor de conducir el programa de Paisaje Social en su estacion favorita RadioRaices Sederec , eso de ser locutor es todo una experiencia religiosa.
En 2017 se me comisiona hacer la portada de la agenda de Paisaje Social, se tardo un poco en salir, tenía un cliente muy exigente.
2020 tiempos de cholera digo COVID última colaboración, Miho le pide a sus amigos artistas que hagan un dibujo para que gente que sufre la confinación se entretengan coloreándolo.
Epilogo: 10 años con Paisaje Social 15 años de conocer a señor Taro y 25 años a señorita Miho, por cierto no se les olvide buscar y apoyarlos si quieren más información denle click aquí: Paisaje Social.
I wish I could do something against climate change, to return to the country that Neil Young sang of 50 years ago, looking at Mother Nature on the run, that brown dirty soil that grows the food we eat. And the only way I can say thanks to our old Mother is to acknowledge her. And the way to acknowledge her is to paint her, to immerse myself within her, to experience the hallucinogenic, the beauty, the transcendent.
From 2008 to 2016 I went bike crazy! The new utopia, riding a bicycle could change the world, cars personified evil, consumption, waste and pollution. We could save the world if only we all would just ride bikes. I actively participated in many groups: Bicitekas,Paseo de Todos, Nadie and I rode with so many others: Biciosos, Mujeres En Bici,Ciclismo Para Todos and División Del sur.
It was euphoric, I outdone myself, biking through the night to Tepoztlán, or going as far as Pachuca, Cuernavaca, Toluca, etc. Getting fitter was the game. They were exciting times and I made so many friends, went to so many events and parties. But at some moment I realized that I didn’t want the responsibility of being a nanny of groups. People were very demanding and I needed a quieter life. I had to earn some money so I could dedicate my life to travel and art, but not everything was lost…I still ride a bike occasionally.
2006 was a year of social upheaval. There was electoral fraud and the opposition occupy Reforma. For two long months there was camping in the main street of Mexico City. Meanwhile, The Teachers Union, with the help of the people, captured the city of Oaxaca, demanding the resignation of the governor, who was responsible for many killings. It was a time of barricades and confronting the police. The first commune of the XXI century. I participated in both movements, sometimes risking my own skin.
It was a transition period. I acquired my first computer and began to learn how to use it. I started doing some digital paintings using photographs and carried on with the watercolors and drawings.
Of course, we celebrated the Oaxaca Rebellion the way we should – in La Bisnaga, with a collective exhibition and lots of mezcal.
Maybe the most dangerous thing that happened was the mezcal. Up to this day I don’t really know how I survived.
Coming back to Mexico City, I had an exhibition at The Hexen Café, a most appropriate place to show the latest paper work done in 2 Amates, as well as some work that I finished in the big city. Women are the subject, but not any women. Only the ones that have control of their life, bodies, soul and espiritual powers. The ones I hope take over the world if we want humanity to survive.
I had enough of big formats and especially oil, that seemed so slimy. After visiting some of my teachers and colleagues, seeing rooms and warehouses full of terrible paintings that only seemed to be taking up much needed space, I decided it was so much better to only do paper work. If nobody wants it, just put it to a match and c’est tout! The times, they are a changing.
From 1995 to 2002 I went to live in the jungle, a place full of magic and sensuality. Taking the Gauguinesque decision was easy. What wasn’t easy was living it up. It wasn’t really the peaceful life that I was seeking. I needed some dangerous adventures and some fun, like fulfilling my childhood dream of being singer in a rock ‘n’ roll band.
My art found a natural home in 2 Amates and from this fruitful experience came a lovely exhibition in Las Atarazanas a grandiose gallery in Veracruz Harbor.