YE GODS! ICONS OF AZTEC DEITIES Opening Reception
El Museo proudly presents the debut exhibition of local artist Richard Balthazar, who previously was widely known around Santa Fe as the Used Plant Man (or Iris Man) at the Farmers Market. Presented in large-scale format, his 15 black and white drawings have been designed for a coloring book, and prints of the icons will be made available for coloring and/or framing.
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 anyone would 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, including social and ritual details like human sacrifice.
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.