ESPANOLA — The Nick Salazar Center for the Arts presents the exhibition YE GODS! Icons of Aztec Dieties by local artist Richard Balthazar Oct. 22 through Nov. 16.
Salazar was formerly the Used Plant Man (or Iris Man) at the Santa Fe Farmers Market and once upon a time even sold plants at the Española Farmers Market.
Presented in large-scale format on vinyl banners, his 15 black and white drawings are designed for a coloring book, and prints for coloring and/or framing are available for free download from his website.
The icons were drawn digitally (using a computer graphics program), allowing the artist to achieve a rare level of fine detail. The deities are so striking and startling that everyone will surely exclaim, “YE GODS!”
Essentially a crash course in Aztec myth, history and culture, the deities are portrayed in their full contexts, in authentic Aztec iconography. Each deity is accompanied by a description and images from the surviving Aztec codices (picture-books) that served as models or themes and show the authentic colors used by Aztec scribes.
Cultural and educational groups are invited to contact Balthazar to arrange for tours of the exhibit and gallery talks on the mythology and history of the images.