While involved in the 99% movement, I made stickers and banners to promote social justice. During that time I started to question my studio art making because I wanted my art to reflect my beliefs. I decided to search for a revolution that was mostly successful and with which people could relate. I chose the Mexican Revolution of 1910 to 1917. My spouse is Latina and she is my inspiration for this continuing series.
Fantastic Zapata – 48″x30″, Ghostly image in abstract forms with silver paint, acrylic, and varnish in spots.
Portrait of Emiliano Zapata Tiger of the Southern Mexican Revolution.
Unknown Soldadera (full-length version) – 18×24”, Collage and acrylic on canvas, 2017, SOLD
Painting version of Soldadera. I chose this image to honor the unknown women who participated in the Mexican Revolution and all the strong women in the world. The colors are symbolic of the Mexican flag, but with the red being an earthy color to commemorate the closeness of the people to the land.
Origami Soldado – 6×6”, collage of screen printed elements on panel, 2017 . SOLD
Dapper soldado image. Created image using multiple screen prints on origami paper then cut and collaged to make a single image. Very bright and colorful.
Zapata Dreams – 4×4’, Collage, spray paint on canvas, 2015
My first large Zapata. Taken from a picture of him standing in full gear. Silver spray paint coming off his head symbolizes his spirit transcending int the ether. Magic elements with hands on the right.
Taken from photo of an unknown soldier of the Mexican Revolution. In remembrance of all the people who fought to create a better life for their families.
Genevevo – 48″x48″, Mixed media collage on wood panel.
Genevevo de La O, hero of the Southern revolution was one of Zapata’s generals. He focused on doing right by his people. He lived a long life of service to his region.
Golden Hombre – 24″x32″, Mixed Media on Canvas
He is tough Hombre who has seen battle in the Mexican Revolution of 1910. His face is metal gold because he is of the La Raza, the Golden Race. The 3 separate panels at the bottom symbolize the magic realism on which his world stands.
In honor of Emiliano Zapata the leader of the Southern Mexican Revolution. Nicknamed Tiger of the South he led his soldiers in a fight for land rights for the common agricultural workers. The piece emphasizes maize (corn) because it was their staple food at a time when large landowners where stealing land to grow more sugar cane for export. The various symbols in the work show the magical realm of our universe where we are all one.
Woman with Stars – 18″x24″’, Collage, acrylic, and spray paint on wood panel. Bright colors.
Soldadera from Mexican Revolution around 1910. Depicting strong women. Hands represent her being pulled in different directions considering her choices to fight in a revolution for a better future or to raise her children. She has a kind but serious face.