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La Union Hace La Fuerza
Roberto Valdes Sanchez
Painting - Gouache Paint
Created in 1962 by Cesar Chavez's brother, Richard Chavez, the huelga thunderbird is a powerful symbol used as the emblem for the United Farm Workers movement. It was designed geometrically for fast and easy reproduction on handmade red flags; a simple image that can be reproduced by anyone. The Aztec eagle design represents strength, power, and dignity. It is a symbol that still brings pride and courage to all Chicanos everywhere.
In "La Union Hace La Fuerza" ("Unity Makes Strength"), I created a colorful pattern using the huelga thunderbird as the basis. Taking advantage of its geometric design, I fitted together many eagles to create this intricate puzzle. What makes this painting so interesting is that the pattern also works when flipped upside-down; the result is a different vibrant effect. To attain a nice balance of colors, I used a red analogous split complementary color scheme in which the eagles are painted in various hues of red and the little gaps in the background are in greens. Without ever using lines, I relied on the separation of colors to create each shape in the painting.
July 17th, 2012
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