The “Outlaw” Pomponio & The Historical Art of David Gremard Romero
The man on the floor is a figure who appears in many of my paintings. It is unclear if he has been knocked out by the Serra/St Thomas figure, while also being aided by him.
The woman is the Aztec goddess of Mercy, Tlazolteotl. Her symbol was her black mouth. Her name literally means “Filth Eater.” In Aztec culture, you had one opportunity to confess your sins in your life, and when you did so, Tlazolteotl ate them and released you from their burden. I was thinking of her as being sort of the referee.
And in the background, to the far right, you see Pomponio, another ambivalent figure, but one whom I prefer to think of as a resistance fighter.
This piece is a bit like the art of Enrique Chagoya, who also uses Latino and Indian images to depict the clash of cultures. It's interesting even if I don't quite understand it.
Below: "La Caida," 2008. Pastel and Gold Leaf on Paper. 56×38 inches. ("La Caida" means "The Fall"--as in the collapse or downfall.)