La Mujer

2023 Every Woman Biennial art announcement

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. - Oscar Wilde

Acrylic on Canvas

36″ x 36″ x 1.5″ depth

Matte Surface

La Mujer is about the story of womanhood – past and future.  The painting is influenced by a portrait of the artist’s Mexican grandmother in her early 20s, Edwardian portraiture, Mexican muralism, and futurism. La Mujer (the woman) looks at her viewer with all the confidence and beauty of early womanhood.  She stands in front of a cyber desert landscape, her hat referencing both Catholic halos and sci-fi fantasy.  It is as if she is telling the viewer that she knows the way to the future – past legend, lore, religion and other old narratives.

“La Mujer” (along with four other works) was also part of the 2023 Hollywood Forever Day of the Dead altar dedicated to the artist’s grandmother.