About

Loretto Heights Yearbook Photo, 1968

How could one know at 20 that the theme that would repeat itself would be the box on the wall?

 

I worked & exhibited in Mexico & Guatemala in the early 70’s.                                               It was a very important time for me.  I was very politically motivated.

Spread in Mexico city newspaper May 7, 1971


1973 -   Paris-  Maison de Americ Latin  .. I began to open the closed boxes & free myself from the rules of Pathagoris.

 

1974 – Upper St. Gallery , London

1974 Exhibit at Upper St. Gallery, London

1974, Patzun girl-angel

Don Tomas-Patzun, 1974 (front)

Don Tomas-Patzun, 1974 (back)

1974 Angelito

Quiche, 1974 (front)

Quiche-Tiger, 1974 (back)

Patzun (front), 1974

Patzun-Quetzal (back), 1974

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1974 Pilgram Esq.(front)

1974 Pilgram Esq. Alligator (back)

On returning to the states I worked commercially for the next 10 years doing portraits & playing with form…

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“Don Baltizar and the black saint”, Nahuala.

        Acrylic, enamel and copper foil on board, 42 x 62.5 inches framed. Exhibited: Ross Thiele & Sons Gallery, La Jolla, California, 1978. Estimate $850.   Don Baltizar and his closed escapulario reflect the devotion of the people of Nahuala to the Black Christ of Esquipulas. Every spring they take their seen …

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CHICHICASTENANGO DANCER AND KUKLAKAN (two-sided figure)

  Acrylic enamel and 23 carat gold on board, 20 x 48 inches. Exhibited: Paris 1973. Estimate $1750. A young dancer from Balle De Los Moro dressed in the costume of Spanish conquistadores performs the ritual dance for the resurrection of Christ. On the reverse side is Kuklakan, the Mayan god of wisdom, emerging from …

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CHOMPIPE

Latex, lacquer and 23 carat gold on board, 18.7 x 25.5 inches. Estimate $650.

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COFRADE DE CHICHICASTENANGO (two-sided figure).

                Lacquer, acrylic and silver leaf on carved panel, 31 x 25 inches. Exhibited: Paris 1973. Estimate $850.   This old Cofrade wears a black enamel straw hat as part of the symbol of his leadership, a custom which has almost been completely supplanted by the use of …

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DON BALTIZAR

          Acrylic and Lacquer on wood, 36 x 22 inches framed. Exhibited: London 1974. Estimate $300.   The lacquered side is in perfect condition, the painted side is severely damaged. This is a companion piece to the “Nahuala box” in the Guatemala series.

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DON BITY: SEXTON OF THE CITY LIVINGSTON

Acrylic on wood, 36 x 46 inches mahogany frame. Estimate $750.

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DON THOMAS (two-sided figure)

Acrylic and enamel on wood, 25 x 22 inches. Estimate  $900.   As portrayed on the reverse side of the figure, the Mayans believed that each human has an animal spirit that protects them. Often people called each other by their spirit name because to call a man by his human name too often destroyed …

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ESTEPORTADACEACABOENFEBRERODE 1649

Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 39 inches. Exhibited: Ross Thiele & Sons Gallery, La Jolla, California, 1978. Estimate $900.   This pink church with its title – The door was finished in February of 1649 – stands near the entrance of Antigua, on of the old capitols of Central America. It is covered with symbols: …

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HA NARI, PATZUN

Acrylic on board, 39 x 26.5 inches. Estimate $600.   Ha Nari is a much-used Cachiquel expression. It signifies agreement, “So it is.” It is used in familiar jargon in the same manner and with the same frequency as Americans use “OK”.   Don Inocente Chauluk is sitting in front of the door to his …

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LUISA OF PATZUN (two-sided figure)

Acrylic and enamel on board, 32 x 22 inches. Exhibited: London 1974. Estimate $1000.   Luisa is in a traditionally woven ‘corte’ (skirt) but on her head, instead of a woven woman’s cloth, she has a white towel. I gave her the god, Kuklakan, as her protecting spirit (see reverse side).

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MAJOR DOMO

Acrylic, oil and gold leaf on board, 27 x 49 inches framed. Exhibited: Paris 1973. Estimate $900.   The Major Domo protect churches. As in “Nahuala Church”, the Mayor Domo march along the parapets of the church walls as if it were still the Middle Ages.

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MASCARAS

Oil on panel framed, 23.8 x 31 inches. Estimate $250.

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MIKO

Latex on beaver-board, 48 x 24 inches. Estimate $200.

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MURCIELAGO OF PANAHACHEL

MURCIELAGO OF PANAHACHEL

Acrylic on board, 44 x 39 inches framed. Exhibited: Ross Thiele & Sons Gallery, La Jolla, California, 1978. Estimate $900.   Woven into the back of his jacket is the shape of a bat, the more ancient Guatemalan god of wisdom. The Guatemalans, like the Chinese, regarded the bat as the embodiment of wisdom since …

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NAHUALA BOX

Acrylic and enamel on wood, 36 x 18 inches. Exhibited: London 1974. Estimate $1000.   These boxes traditionally house the Black Christ of Esquipulas, a shrine that is in many houses. I have replaced the Black Christ with a landscape of the village of Nahuala.

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PALOMA OF LAKE ATITLAN

Acrylic and silver on wood, 25.7 x 26.8 inches framed. Estimate $500.   The landscape is a view from Lake Atitlan behind the young woman in her Sunday headdress. She has miles of woven ribbon wrapped around her head to make this headdress. The other indigenous language groups of Guatemala always make fun of the …

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ROBERTA CATARIN GUARCHAJ AND THE BLACK SAINT. NAHUALA, GUATEMALA.

Acrylic, enamel and copper foil on board, 42 x 62.5 inches framed. Exhibited: Ross Thiele & Sons Gallery, La Jolla, California, 1978. Estimate $850.   Roberta Catarina Guarchaj and her opened escapulario reflect the devotion of the people of Nahuala to the Black Christ of Esquipulas. Every spring they take their seen corn on pilgrimage …

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TEXEL OR COFRADE DE SANTA CRUZ, NAHUALA.

Acrylic and aluminum foil on board, 33 x 21 inches framed. Estimate $750.   The Texel is in charge of guarding the treasures and statues of the organisation. The Santa Cruz has been sacred since Mayan times, both as a symbol of the sacred tree of the Cross and as a symbol of the crossing …

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VIRGINS OF PATZUN

Acrylic on board, 28.5 x 41 inches. Estimate $650. Triangles radiate from the circular neck of the ‘huipil’ (blouse) to depict the sun. Complementing the initial row of triangles is a second row of inverted, loosely embroidered pyramids symbolizing rain that, together with the warmth of the sun, are responsible for the fertility of the …

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“Cofradia of Patzun”

        Acrylic on canvas, 47.5 x 31.5 inches framed. Exhibited: Ross Thiele & Sons Gallery, La Jolla, California, 1978. Estimate $500.

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