Culture Paintings(615 items)
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Fanciful Mexican Vibora de la Mar Giclee Print on Canvas, "Serpent of the Sea"$79.99
A colorful and fanciful serpent flies through the air above the vast and peaceful ocean. Its face and form derive from Aztec portrayals of Quetzalcoatl, the revered plumed serpent deity. Above in the night sky, the moon reveals features reminiscent of ancient Olmec art. This delightful composition by Madero is replete with Mexican symbolism.
He takes his imagery from a traditional children's game known as "La Víbora de la Mar," or "serpent of the sea." Similar to "London Bridge," children line up and, holding on to one another's waist, they run beneath the outstretched arms of two children who clasp hands to form an arch. The very catchy song is sung and the child beneath the arch when the last verse ends is out.
Giclée print of the artist's original painting titled "La Víbora de la Mar" in Spanish.
Limited Edition Print of Tastoan Mask, "Angry Twisted Nose Mask"$74.99
Using linoleum block printing techniques, Mexican artist R. Fabricio recreates a hideous visage in the style of the Tastoan dance masks. Male dancers take to the streets every July 25th, the feast day of St. James, patron saint of Spain and of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. They wear the grotesque masks as a symbol of the fierce and undaunted spirit of the Mexican people in spite of conquest and compromise. The dots on the face may represent smallpox, one of the unfortunate consequences that came with the Spanish. The print is part of a limited edition of 50.
Original Signed Watercolor Painting of a Mexican Piñata, "Mexican Piñata"
A distinctively Mexican folk art form, a piñata swings back and forth, enticing children and adults alike. Paper streamers dance from the colorful cones that give it a star shape. Originating in Italy, this popular Christmas star in Mexico represents the seven deadly sins. Thus, smashing the piñata overcomes evil. Mercedes Collado works in watercolor for her festive painting, filling the composition with joyous colors. She presents it in a mat board passe-partout.
Titled "Piñata mexicana" in Spanish.