Honoring My Mexican American Heritage in Narrative, Cultural, & Mythological Scenes

     This ongoing, new body of work is about remembrances and speaks of my own experiences growing up biculturally and my appreciation for my Mexican cultural roots. 

MADRES     Working mothers are invisible and champions of survival against what often appears to be relentless toil, tackling the unexpected and complexities of everyday challenges.

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Todas Trabajamos, Hasta Las Niñas 

We All Work, Even Our Daughters

acrylic, collage, oil, and was on wood panel

40" x 48"

La Lavandera The Laundress 

 (work in progress)

acrylic, collage, and oil on wood panel

48" x 40"

Vendemos Jugetes 

Toy Sellers (work in progress)

acrylic, collage, and oil on wood panel

48" x 40" 

ENTRE VIDA Y MUERTE     By honoring one of my favorite holidays, Dia de Muertos, with music, singing, and dancing, I pay tribute to one of our most recognized icons, Frida.

Y Volver, Volver, Volver... 

And to Return, Return Return...

acrylic, collage, and oil on wood panel

48" x 40"

CHIMERAS     In an attempt to insulate the soul from isolation during the quarantine, charming, brightly colored fantastical, costumed figures reminiscent of ancient Aztec mythological symbolism inspired anthropomorphic entities in surreal landscapes. 

Entre Venado Y Puma 

Between Deer and Cougar

acrylic, collage, and oil on canvas

20" x 16"

Arre, Arre Mi Burrita Ya No Puede Caminar...

Come On My Little Donkey That Can Longer Walk...

acrylic, collage, and oil on wood panel

48" x 40"

Entre Mezcal y Monos 

Between Mezcal and Monkeys

acrylic, collage, and oil on canvas

48" x 40"

Y Despues de la Pandemia 

And After the Pandemic

acrylic, collage, and oil on canvas

48" x 40"

TRADICIONES     Lucha Libre, Loteria, Posadas, Piñatas, Quinceñerias, all these forms of entertainment are the backbone of anticipation, community, and gaiety. These works challenge future generations from allowing our customs to fade. The Mexican culture is a product of the mix of indigenous practices and traditions with the European colonial presence that strongly impacted all areas of life. The variety of colorful visuals provides many subjects to choose from, with endless possibilities.

La Confianza Ciega 

Blind Confidence 

acrylic, collage, and oil on canvas

48" x 40"

Crisis de Identidad 

Identity Crisis

acrylic, collage, and oil on wood panel

48" x 40"

LOS JARDINES     Childhood expeditions playing in our gardens led me to vivid imaginary travel through exotic lands where flora and fauna were flamboyantly exuberant and enticing and always in the state of evolving into unexpected conditions. 

El Noviazgo Con Tonatiuh 

Courtship with the Sun God

acrylic, collage, and oil on canvas

20" x 16"

TAMAL-ARTE     A versatile and modular installation, each raffia strand holds 50+ individual empty tamalitos that can be suspended either from the ceiling or wall to form cascading drapes. Depending on the desired effect, led lights and masks are optional. First shown at Somarts for Dia De Los Muertos in San Francisco, 2018.

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Tamal-Arte, an Installation 

maize, raffia, led lights, and paper mache, suspended from the ceiling

Venado, mask (work in progress)

Versatile masks for a wall hanging or against the maize installation.

Paper mache, masking tape, styrofoam, and glue (soon to be covered with maize)