From the flour
tortillas filled with rice and beans that I ate as a boy to the songs by Pedro
Infante that my grandmother sang to me as she rocked me to sleep, I paint
what I know and have experienced in my life. Going to Mexican wrestling in
Reynosa and having a firm belief in God while enduring the tedious rituals
of being a Roman Catholic, by birth if not practice, are all elements that
make up the images and inspirations for all of my work as an artist.
El Santo (Las super luchas series)
Acrylic on canvas, 30" x 40
"He sported silver wrestling boots and tights, and a long flowing crimson
cape that seemed to flow with a gust of wind that was nonexistent in this
airless arena. His chest was exposed, revealing like badges of honor the scars
of his titanic struggles with Gory Guerrero, La Sombra Negra and El Gladiador.
His face was concealed by a silver mask that seemed to glow with an unearthly
light whenever struck by the arena spotlights, surely a sign that this man
was not of this earth." The mask of El Santo has always been a source of mystery.
Who is he? Could he even have been the man sitting next to you on the bus
ride home? El Santo, one of the biggest cultural icons in Mexico. Some consider
him second only to Pedro Infante and the Virgin Mary herself.
Loving Pedro Infante (interior view) (Tesoros series)
Wood, acrylic, clay, and other mixed media
Tesoros, Spanish for treasures, is a collection of portable shrines that pay
homage to over twenty of the greatest icons of Mexico. Among them are El Santo,
Luis Aguilar, Frida Kahlo, and of course no collection would be complete without
the inclusion of the immortal Pedro Infante. The shrine is a celebration of
his music, his movies, and his life, as they are found spread amidst the box.
Clay and various other media were used to create the altar found within its
confines and the presence of the foreboding plane of death (he died in a plane
crash) and newspaper headlines serve as a constant reminder of his tragic
and sudden death. His was a death that made Mexico weep.