The first part of the collection features the faces of THREE popular persons from Mexican culture. The second part of the collection features de faces of THREE personalities from the international context. The idea behind this is to show how people whose personalities might seem different in reality they are complementary opposites.

The collection was inspired by the ASIAN concept of “Yin Yang”, which describes how polar opposites or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn. Opposites thus only exist in relation to each other.

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20.5″ in (w) x 14″ in (h)  – Diptych soft pastels on paper

Aliases: The Dove and the Elephant / La Paloma y el Elefante
The marriage of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo is one of the most famous alliances between artists. It is a well-known fact that they had a passionate and stormy relationship, filled with great love and also betrayals. Though they were married and shared political ideals their art could not be more different. Rivera painted great murals about history and society. Frida created small intimate paintings about her inner world.

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22″ in (w) x 14″ in (h) – Diptych soft pencil, soft pastels on paper

Aliases: The Centaur of the North and the Tiger from the South from the Mexican Revolution / El Centauro del Norte y el Tigere del Sur de la Revoluciòn Mexicana

José Doroteo Arango Arámbula (1878 – 1923) also known by his nickname Pancho Villa – was one of the most prominent Mexican Revolutionary generals. As commander of the División del Norte (Division of the North), he was the veritable caudillo of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. He was a Robin Hood to some, and a cruel, cold-blooded killer to others. Who was this remarkably controversial hero of the Mexican Revolution.

Emiliano Zapata Salazar (1879 – 1919) was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, a Greek bishop, and a paint enthusiast. He formed and commanded an important revolutionary force, the Liberation Army of the South, during the Mexican Revolution. Historians describe Emiliano Zapata as a skilled guerrilla warrior, an excellent horseman, and a very humble person.

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22″ in (w) x 14″ in (h) – Diptych pencil, soft pastels on paper

Aliases: The strong mexican woman and the compliant mexican woman of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema / La mujer fuerte y la mujer abnegada del la Época de Oro del Cine Mexicano

María Félix had dignity and a sense of strength that changed the course of women’s image on the screen. As the Mexican writer Carlos Monsiváis once said: “She was beautiful but had a new kind of personality that [conveyed] the idea of dominion. She created an alternative to the Mexican woman on screen, who until then was just beauty or the modesty of suffering.”

Dolores del Río was the first Latin American movie star to have international appeal. She was above all, spontaneous, natural, and innocently sexy–precisely the characteristics attributed to her great native/foreign beauty.

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22″ in (w) x 14″ in (h) – Diptych pencil, soft pastels on paper

Aliases: The Führer and Ghandi
Two men who draw passion among people, love or hatred, very strong indeed. But think about their similarities. Both loved their people. Gandhi fought against the British to ensure that his people were free, whereas Hitler fought against some “suspected” forces which were out to disintegrate his people. Both of them had unbound love for their people. Both have written a books-An autobiography, the story of my experiments with truth, and Mein Kampf standing testimonies to it. Both were highly religious. Hitler a Catholic and Gandhi a Hindu greatly impressed by all religions, especially Jesus Christ.
Coming to their characters. Both were very charismatically hypnotic when it came to casting spells on people with their speeches, inspiring them, and getting them to follow them. They were very stubborn and determined and no power could make them change their minds when set.