In Aztec mythology, Tonatiuh was the sun god and considered the leader of Tollan, their heaven. He was responsible for supporting the universe. The Aztecs believed that four suns had been created in four previous ages, each one of them dying at the end of their cosmic era. Tonatiuh is the fifth and current sun (quinto sol) representing "movement" - the four previous being "earth", "wind", "fire", and "water". Tonatiuh's image can be found at the center of the Aztec calendar, a testament to his importance in Aztec society.
The image of Tonatiuh is utilized in much of my artwork. To me, his image represents our historical and cultural past and is symbolic of our deep roots to this land. In "Mi Sol" ("My Sun"), I wanted to paint...
I was born in the small agricultural community of Yuba City, California on November 20, 1979. Since childhood, and as long as I can remember, art has always been an important part of my life. In high school, I participated in creating several murals as part of a beautification project for downtown Yuba City. This experience led me to understand the importance of utilizing art as a means of expression.
In 2002, I graduated with two bachelors degrees at California State University, Sacramento: one in Art Studio and the other in Ethnic Studies (with an emphasis on Chicano Studies). After graduation, I had the opportunity to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. At the Academy, I furthered my artistic...
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