Subject Tags: diversity, ethnic, feathers, iridescent, latin, chicano, halloween, contemporary art, surreal, alien, metaphysical, macabre, modern art, acrylic paint, original painting, red, dancer, skull, skulls, aztec
Size: 11"W x 14"H x 0.6"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
Inspired by the mystery of the 13 Crystal Skulls, I painted this 13 piece series using iridescent and metallic acrylics and rhinestones: Are they alien technology? Proof of an ancient civilization here on Earth? What special powers do they possess?
All 13 Crystal Skull paintings were exhibited as part of the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations in Olvera Street, downtown Los Angeles in October, 2015.
This painting is inspired by the skull that was nicknamed Aztec dancer, because it would move around its glass cage at night, terrifying the janitors who worked in the museum. I gave it the feathers of traditional Aztec dancers regalia for this reason.
Born in the USA, but I grew up in Chile. That land of wine, poetry, and magic inspired in me early on to create my own visual language. I call it “visual poetry”: people, landscapes and objects selected and stylized to capture an emotion. Back in the USA, in Nebraska, the solitude of endless skies and prairie drew me within to my own realms of imagination. Even though I have a Minor in Art as part of my Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, much of my work is self-explored. I got my MA in London, where I was inspired by the great masterpieces, in particular, that of Impressionistic and Post-Impressionistic artists from whom I've "borrowed" some of my techniques. Here in Los Angeles, California, where I currently reside, I continue my search to give visual expression to the inner experience of our outer world. I'm inspired by the beautiful diversity of people, the variety of environments and the vibrancy of the art scene that currently surrounds me .