El hombre es fuego y la mujer., 2007
Series 7 deadly sins illustrated by Mexican Proverbs
Oil on canvas. 120cm x 120cm
Photo: Christine Bory
For this series, created in 2001, I was inspired by the controversial “bullfighting", a regular activity whilst living in Mexico that became a cause of regret and concern once I saw it with a different perspective.
I started the "mi corazón" (my heart) series after being mistakingly diagnosed with a serious heart problem.
I chose to focus on the heart as a giver of life and asking us not to take for granted the time that we have. A Mexican proverb states that "life hangs from a string and the beauty of it all is not knowing how long that string is".
The painting style purposefully lack perfection much the same as hand-made Mexican craft. This is not about manufacturing perfection but rather the spontaneous and naif style that prevails throughout Mexican markets.
I started with the series of "Mexican proverbs", at a time I was living in New York and London and I was questioning my identity.
Since then, I have used proverbs in different series that I have done mainly for charity work like “The grass is always greener on the other side” (2010), “La familia pequeña vive mejor" (2007), ”El tiempo perdido nunca se recupera" (1996).
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"My need to create art comes from a need to communicate my thoughts without words..."