The title “Boneyard” is a term used by surfers to describe the impact zone of a wave that breaks over reef in very shallow water. It is a place where you don’t want to be caught off guard and if you are, you could easily end up a skeleton stuck to the ocean floor.
Boneyard fuses Mexican Day of the Dead iconography with Hawaiian culture and signifies the similarities these two cultures share through their geographic location and relationship with the ocean.
This painting was done with acrylic, ink, and enamel on a 15″x24″ birch panel. The frame is custom built from the endemic Koa tree of Hawaii and is embellished with brass tacks and rope details. Koa is a very hard wood and in the Hawaiian language it means brave, bold, fearless, or warrior. With the frame, the total measurements are 30″x36.5″
“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity”. The Mexoskeleton Is a character I created who represents a person who lives life free from the fear of death and instead embraces its uncertain nature as a gift. A musician through his instrument creates a beautiful sound that resonates for a moment, but is ultimately fleeting just as life is.This painting celebrates life and death while referencing to the day I was born, The Day of the Dead.
The background is comprised of architecture from the city of Guanajuato in Mexico. This city has cultural significance to my identity since it is the birthplace of my grandfather.
The painting is painted on a 18″x24″ birch panel with acrylic and enamel. The rustic frame is custom built out of wood that has been stained and distressed and is adorned with brass tack details, it was inspired by the architecture of the city of Guanajuato. With the frame, the work measures 25″x39″ in total.
Long Live the King is a painting that references the merging of Spanish culture and the indigenous cultures of Central America. This was the inception of Mestizos and birth of Mexico. It was also Spain that introduced the image of death as a skeleton into the new world in the 16th century. This image of the skeleton was adopted into Mexican culture and is still venerated in their Day of the Dead celebrations.
Long Live the King is Painted with acrylic and enamel on a 6″x8″ birch panel and is in an ornate gold leaf frame, measuring 8″x10″ in total.
There are many tales to be told by the sea; stories buried by time existing only in fragments. Sunken Head is one of those stories. A mystery of a merchant, pirate, or naval officer whose remnants are now becoming a part of the ocean floor.
Sunken Head is painted with acrylic and enamel on a 8″x10″canvas panel. The frame is custom made from Purple Heart wood which is native to tropical parts of Central and South America. It is one of the hardest woods in the world. With the frame, this work measures 11″x14″ in total.