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Juana Alicia

Nopal de Resisitencia

Acrylic on Canvas
65 x 65 inches
© Juana Alicia ©2011 All Rights Reserved



This painting is the study for the ceiling mural at Stanford University's Centro Chicano. My concept for the suite of murals for the Centro Chicano de Estanfor is inspired by the history and literature of multiethnic latinoamerica, from the ancient  stories of the Popol Vuh to  modern Xican@ poetry. Originally, I had thought I would include the actual texts and quotes in caligraphy, but ultimately opted for pure visual narratve and symbol.  The cactus bloomed into an organism with its own voice, shaking off any further elaborations. The Mayan scribe had ideas of her own to pen onto the unfolding codex: creation myths, stories of conquest and survival, from the various centuries that she has survived, a witness to ourstory. She begins with the blooming tree, bearing the strange fruit of her lover Xbalanque’s head. I am currently nearly finished with the first two large panels: the nopal cactus and the Mayan scribe, and have begun the Codices. The mural is scheduled for installation in March of 2012. To see more on these works, please visit:

Full Artwork Details
Artist: Juana Alicia
Title: Nopal de Resisitencia
Date: 2011
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Medium Category: Painting
Genre: Ethnic
Original Dimensions: 65 x 65 inches
Copyright: Juana Alicia ©2011 All Rights Reserved
Primary color: 
Tags: nopal cactus, study for mural, monumental painting

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