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  Legend has it that when Bartolomé de las Casas first saw the Masaya volcano, in the city where I was born, he called it the "Gates of Hell." During my time there, I never knew the hell story, nor the legend of the indigenous people regarding the volcano as a god; and even holding Monexico and sacrifices at the site.  What I do know is that very early in life I began to question the existence of many things, which soon enough I learned it wasn't something a child could do out loud. I think it's appropriate for me to start this series with this painting. My childhood there was definitely no myth, anecdote or folktale. And I never felt too far from that gate.

 

El Diablo Está Triste Hoy - 2017 Acrylic on canvas 18" x 24"