Past 2017-04-06T16:15:57+00:00

A la Deriva

Title: “A la Deriva” (Adrift). Technique: Oil on canvas. Place of creation: Brussels, Belgium. Measurements: 12”x8” Collection: Private, J. Garrefa. About: This oil painting depicts a sailboat at sunset.

Águila

Title: “Águila” (Eagle). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2005) Measurements: 8” x 6”. Collection: Private. About: This mask is inspired by the famed Pedro Linares’ “alebrijes” figurines. In Mexican folk culture, “alebrijes” are fantastic creatures, half real and half myth.  Following the traditional construction method, the mask is made of papier-mâché and painted using bright colors. 

Ajolote

Title: “Ajolote” (Axolotl). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2014) Measurements: 12” x 10”. About: This mask is inspired by the Ajolote, a Mexican salamander that lives in the Xochimilco lakes. I made a few other pieces inspired in Mexican endangered species, like the “Ajolote”, the “Ocelote” and the more common “Xolotzcuincle” dog. 

Azor

Title: “Azor” (Azor). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 8” x 6” Collection: Private, B. Siegel. About: This mask was inspired by the bird of prey Azor. Although it was not conceived to be worn at first, this mask was used during the recording of the music video “Attack” with Villalobos Brothers

Camaleón

Title: “Camaleón” (Chameleon). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 8” x 6” Collection: Private, Z. Martínez. About: This mask was inspired by the animal of the same name. Although it was not conceived to be worn at first, this mask was later used during the recording of the music video “Attack” with Villalobos Brothers.

Carnaval

Title: “Carnaval” (Carnival). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 36” x 24”. About: This oversized mask is reminiscent of the joyful days of carnival in Veracruz, full of color and lively motifs.

Carpintero

Title: “Carpintero” (Woodpecker). Technique: Musical instrument. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2013). Collection: Private, E. Villalobos.  About: I built this violin in a tiny desk in a corner in my house in the Bronx, over the period of 10 or 11 months, after apprenticing with my dear friend Elfego Villegas in Mexico. You can listen to it sing during our concerts with Villalobos Brothers. A woodpecker came to my window as I was finishing varnishing the instrument, therefore the name.

Comandanta Ramona

Title: “Comandanta Ramona” (Comandanta Ramona). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 36” x 24”. About: This mask honors the memory of the “Comandanta Ramona” nom de guerre of the powerful woman officer of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), a revolutionary indigenous autonomist organization based in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.

Comandantito

Title: “Comandantito” (Little Commander). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 8” x 6” Collection: Private. About: This mask (and his bigger brother “Marcos”) honor the “Sub-Comandante Insurgente Marcos” nom de guerre of the leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), a revolutionary indigenous autonomist organization based in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. This mask was later used during the recording of the music video “Attack” with Villalobos Brothers

De Muerte

Title: “De Muerte” (Mortally Wounded). Technique: Mixed media, ink, and markers on canvas. Place of creation: Brussels, Belgium. Year: 2003. Measurements: 64”x 75”. About: In the mural “De Muerte” (Mortally Wounded), a father carries his child who has been mortally wounded while being chased by a tank and military helicopters. This mural, with a theme of violence and war, evokes all the repressive movements that pit the army against the people. Exhibited in: #Migration61, Jacob Lawrence inspired exhibit in Washington D.C (2016-17). Currently on display at “Hombres de Arcilla” (Men of Clay) at The Point Campus in New York City (April 22-May 29, 2017)

Diablo Azul

Title: “Diablo Azul” (Blue Demon). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 36” x 24”. About: This oversized mask represents an otherworldly creature, magical, mystical. Together with his brother “Diablo Rojo” they represent the dualism in life: day and night, good and evil, life and death.

Diablo Rojo

Title: “Diablo Rojo” (Red Demon). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Collection: Private, E.Gillespie and C. Chang. Measurements: 36” x 24”. About: This oversized mask represents an otherworldly creature, magical, mystical. Together with his brother “Diablo Azul” they represent the dualism in life: day and night, good and evil, life and death. “Diablo Rojo” was later used as an album cover for “Aliens of Extraordianry Abilities” by Villalobos Brothers.

Dina Rosa

Title: “Dina Rosa” (Pink Dina). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 8” x 6” Collection: Private.

El Afilador

Title of the piece: “El Afilador” (The Knife Sharpener). Technique: Mixed media on canvas. Place of creation: Mexico. Year: 2008. Measurements: 84” x 84”. The mural “El Afilador” is composed of fourteen frames that depict an itinerant knife sharpener passing through the city on a bicycle, which serves both as transportation and as propulsion for a rotating sharpening wheel. The character pedals on his bike to sharpen a machete. For this mural, I also use the machete as an archetype; in this case, it refers to the brutal and bloody oppression of the people of San Salvador Atenco by the government. The former took to the streets armed with machetes to fight government forces. Today, many ideological prisoners and social activists are still imprisoned.

El Cacahuatero

Title: “El Cacahuatero” (The Peanut Peddler). Technique: Mixed media on canvas. Place of creation: Veracruz, Mexico. Year: 2009. Measurements: 60” x 80” This seven-part mural portrays a street peddler walking the cobblestone roads of a colonial city carrying a “costal” (a burlap sack) of roasted peanuts on his back while shouting a verse to sell them. In the background, a street lantern illuminates graffiti slogans on a wall denouncing the controversial 2006 presidential elections in Mexico.

El Camotero

Title of the piece: “El Camotero”(The Sweet Potato Peddler). Technique: Mixed media on canvas. Place of creation: Veracruz, Mexico. Year: 2009. Measurements: 60” x 80”. About: This mural depicts a young man pushing a cart-stove, which serves both as an oven, and a mobile shop. One of the most traditional desserts in Mexican towns are roasted sweet potatoes, often sold only by these street vendors. Vendors announce themselves with the shrill-sounding whistle of steam gushing out of the cart’s chimney. An old wives’ tale says that when the “Camotero” whistle sounds, you must swiftly shake your skirt or pants to bring good luck.

El Recolector

Title: “El Recolector” (The Harvester). Technique: Acrylic on canvas. Place of creation: Veracruz, Mexico. Year: 2007. Measurements: 56” x 84” The six-part mural entitled “El Recolector” (The Harvester) is directly linked to a musical composition of the same name. The relationship between visual art and musical composition has opened a huge creative window to merge my two passions (music and painting) and foster a symbiosis of creative artistic elements. This mural shows a cacao harvester -common in several Latin American countries and world-famous for being the primary ingredient of chocolate- standing next to a cacao tree. Besides him rests a “guaje” (gauge) or “jicara” (gourd), traditionally used as a canteen, and a faithful dog that symbolizes the animal company of rural life in Mexico.

El Violinista

Title of the piece: “El Violinista” (The Violinist). Technique: Acrylic on canvas. Place of creation: Veracruz, Mexico. Year: 2006. Measurements: 87”x 87”. About: The three triptychs that form the collection “Los Viejos” (The Elders): “El Violinista” (The Violinist),” El Huapanguero” (The “Huapanguera” player) and “El Jaranero” (The “Jarana” player) were conceived from the outset as a collection. These three murals in the form of triptychs depict a traditional “Huasteco” trio from Mexico. The “Huasteca” region consists of six states: Veracruz, Puebla, Hidalgo, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi and Queretaro, and its traditional music is the “Huapango” or “Son Huasteco”. My admiration and friendship with great “Huasteco” musicians has led me to venture into this genre, as well as to participate in various “Huapangos” and national festivals playing the violin.This in turn, has sparked my musical creativity and increased the great respect I feel for this genre. My goal in representing a “Huasteco” trio in this series of murals was to share this musical genre and to recognize and admire this living cultural tradition that is passed down from generation to generation. It pays homage to the elders who keep these tradition alive – talented musicians, poets and “versadores” (people who improvise verses on the spot).

El Huapanguero

Title of the piece: “El Huapanguero” (The “Huapanguera” player). Technique: Acrylic on canvas. Place of creation: Veracruz, Mexico. Year: 2006. Measurements: 87”x 87”. About: The three triptychs that form the collection “Los Viejos” (The Elders): “El Violinista” (The Violinist),” El Huapanguero” (The “Huapanguera” player) and “El Jaranero” (The “Jarana” player) were conceived from the outset as a collection. These three murals in the form of triptychs depict a traditional “Huasteco” trio from Mexico. The “Huasteca” region consists of six states: Veracruz, Puebla, Hidalgo, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi and Queretaro, and its traditional music is the “Huapango” or “Son Huasteco”. My admiration and friendship with great “Huasteco” musicians has led me to venture into this genre, as well as to participate in various “Huapangos” and national festivals playing the violin. This in turn, has sparked my musical creativity and increased the great respect I feel for this genre. My goal in representing a “Huasteco” trio in this series of murals was to share this musical genre and to recognize and admire this living cultural tradition that is passed down from generation to generation. It pays homage to the elders who keep this tradition alive – talented musicians, poets and “versadores” (people who improvise verses on the spot).

El Jaranero

Title of the piece: “El Jaranero” (The “Jarana” player). Technique: Acrylic on canvas. Place of creation: Veracruz, Mexico. Year: 2006. Measurements: 87”x 87”. About: The three triptychs that form the collection “Los Viejos” (The Elders): “El Violinista” (The Violinist),” El Huapanguero” (The “Huapanguera” player) and “El Jaranero” (The “Jarana” player) were conceived from the outset as a collection. These three murals in the form of triptychs depict a traditional “Huasteco” trio from Mexico. The “Huasteca” region consists of six states: Veracruz, Puebla, Hidalgo, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi and Queretaro, and its traditional music is the “Huapango” or “Son Huasteco”. My admiration and friendship with great “Huasteco” musicians has led me to venture into this genre, as well as to participate in various “Huapangos” and national festivals playing the violin. This in turn, has sparked my musical creativity and increased the great respect I feel for this genre. My goal in representing a “Huasteco” trio in this series of murals was to share this musical genre and to recognize and admire this living cultural tradition that is passed down from generation to generation. It pays homage to the elders who keepthis traditionn alive – talented musicians, poets and “versadores” (people who improvise verses on the spot).

Elefante

Title: “Elefante” (Elephant). Technique: Mixed media on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2012). Measurements: 8” x 6” Collection: Private. About: This mask was specifically crafted for Villalobos Brothers. Together with “Pez Gato”, “Toro”, and others, they form a collection used by the band during their Mexican tour in 2013.

Escarabajo

Title: “Escarabajo” (Beattle). Technique: Mixed media, a, rylics and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 8” x 6” Collection: Private. About: inspired by the animal of the same name, “Escarabajo” features bright colors and a limited palette. I use the shape of the mask as a motif to combine animal and human spirits in one.

Fakir

Title: “Fakir” (Fakir). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 8” x 6” Collection: Private. About: This mask was later used during the recording of the music video “Attack” with Villalobos Brothers.

Faraón

Title: “Faraón” (Pharaoh). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 8” x 6” Collection: Private. 

Libélula

Title: “Libélula” (Dragon-fly). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 8” x 6” Collection: Private.

Lobo

Title: “Lobo” (Wolf). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2012). Measurements: 9” x 10” Collection: Private, K. Miller. About: “Wolf” was a commissioned piece by a client in Roxbury NY.

Mosaico

Title: “Mosaico” (Mosaic). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 36” x 24”. About: In “Mosaico” I explored the stained-glass appearances as an expressive element.

Mujer al Metate

Title: “Mujer al Metate” (Woman at the grindstone). Technique: Ink on canvas. Place of creation: Brussels, Belgium. Year: 2003. Measurements: 63” x 81”. Collection: Private, D. Márquez and R. Deal. About: “Mujer al metate” (Woman at the grindstone) is an everyday scene in rural Mexico. A woman, naked and kneeling on a “petate” (a mat made of natural fibers), grinds “nixtamal” (corn kernels soaked in lime water) on a “metate” (a rudimentary grindstone) while cooking tortillas on a “comal” (flat pan). Also in the wooden hut, sleeps a baby wrapped in a “rebozo” (a shawl), waiting to be fed. Poverty, isolation, confinement and lack of educational opportunities affecting the majority of indigenous people are a latent reality in Mexico. By recreating an everyday image of rural Mexico, I try to transport us to realities that often times go unnoticed or ignored by the media.

Ocean City

Title: “Ocean City”. Technique: Mixed media, and spray paint on wall. Place of creation: New York City. Year: 2010. Measurements: 12ft x 8ft”. Location: Marble Hill, Bronx, NY. About:  “Ocean City” was a mural I painted on a wall in the Bronx. It is inspired by the life in NYC.

Ocelote

Title: “Ocelote” (Ocelot). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2014) Measurements: 12” x 10”. About: This mask is inspired by the Mexican feline that inhabits the jungles of Chiapas and Guatemala. I made a few pieces inspired in Mexican endangered species, like the “Ajolote”. This mask is very commonly used by Villalobos Brothers during concerts. 

Pez Gato

Title: “Pez Gato” (Catfish). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2008). Measurements: 8” x 6” Collection: Private. This mask is very commonly used by Villalobos Brothers during concerts. 

Quetzalcoatl

Title: “Quetzalcoatl” (Quetzalcoatl). Technique: Mixed media on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2015). Measurements: 7ft x 6ft. About: I made this large sculpture especially for our participation at the “Frida Kahlo” residency at the New York Botanical Garden with Villalobos Brothers. It represents the Mexican deity of the same name, the “feathered serpent” worshiped by the Aztecs and other Mesoamerican cultures.

Saltimbanqui

Title: “Saltimbanqui” (Saltimbanqui). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 8” x 6” Collection: Private. About: This mask was later used in the “Attack” music video with Villalobos Brothers. 

Saltimbanqui II

Title: “Saltimbanqui” (Saltimbanqui). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 8” x 6” Collection: Private, B. Siegel. About: This mask was later used in the “Attack” music video with Villalobos Brothers.

Serpiente

Title: “Saltimbanqui” (Saltimbanqui). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 8” x 6” Collection: Private, San Jose Jazz Festival. About: This mask was later used in the “Attack” music video with Villalobos Brothers.

Sub Comandante Marcos

Title: “Sub Comandante Marcos”. Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 36” x 24” Collection: Private. About: This mask and his little brother “Comandantito” honor the Sub-Comandante Insurgente Marcos, the leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), a revolutionary indigenous autonomist organization based in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. 

Toro

Title: “Toro” (Bull). Technique: Mixed media on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2012). Measurements: 8” x 6”. About: This mask was specifically crafted for Villalobos Brothers. Together with “Pez Gato”, and “Triceratops”, they form a collection used by the band during their Mexican tour in 2013.

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Triceratops

Title: “Triceratops” (Triceratops). Technique: Mixed media on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2012). Measurements: 8” x 6”. About: This mask was specifically crafted for Villalobos Brothers. Together with “Pez Gato”, and  “Toro”, they form a collection used by the band during their Mexican tour in 2013.

Venado

Title: “Venado” (Buck). Technique: Mixed media on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2012). Measurements: 8” x 6”. About: This mask was specifically crafted for Villalobos Brothers. Together with “Toro”, “Elefante”, and others, they form a collection used by the band during their Mexican tour in 2013.

Venecia

Title: “Venecia” (Venice). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2006). Measurements: 36” x 24”. Collection: Private, D. Zanes. About: This oversized mask is reminiscent of the joyful days of carnival, full of color and lively motifs. 

Xoloitzcuintli

Title: “Xoloitzcuintli” (Xoloitzcuintli). Technique: Mixed media, acrylics, and polyurethane on Papier-mâché. Place of creation: New York City. Year: (2014) Measurements: 12” x 10”. About: Mask inspired by the Mexican hairless dog.