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A Greek goddess in a French Avenue is one of Mexico’s most cherished image.

Photo I shot at Mexico City.

Reality can and will surpass fiction.

One would think of the Virgin of Guadalupe or the so-called Aztec Calendar, but reality can and will surpass fiction — a Greek goddess in a French Avenue is indeed one of the most cherished and easily identified symbol of the Mexican people. This statue ironically represents the surrealism of Mexico.

The statue was put at the top of a tall column to celebrate in 1910 the 100 aniversary of the Independence of Mexico. Built by then President Porfirio Diaz — considered to be one of the longest serving dictators not only in Mexican history but in all of Latin America. The column crowned with its golden statue is located at the most iconic streets of all of Mexico, Paseo de la Reforma.

Paseo de la Reforma was built by Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, which under the French Empire’s auspice and patronage he ruled the Second Mexican Empire. It is somewhat of a copy of Champs Elysee and it is said to be a gift the Emperor gave to his wife, Carlotta. The avenue had (and still has) wide streets, rotundas, small gardens, statues, trees — all of which you would find in modern-day cities but back in mid-19th century Mexico City.

The irony goes further, as the name of this avenue was forcibly put by left-winged liberal president Benito Juarez, who not only killed Emperor Maximilian but toppled the Second Mexican Empire and sieged the Catholic Church through his Laws of Reform. The word Reform became linked to his liberal anti-Catholic ideals. So, as a coup de grace, the famous avenue was named Paseo de la Reforma or Reform Avenue.

On top of that, the original statue was destroyed during the 1957 earthquake. Earthquakes are very common in Mexico City, and a new one was built and the tall column reinforced. So far, it has survived the 1985 and 2017 earthquakes.

Finally, the Greek goddess of Victory is known today as an angel, because of its wings. So we have a Greek goddess who became an angel, at a French avenue with an anti-French name, built by a dictator to honor independence — and this is the symbol of Mexico City and one of the most recognized in all of Mexico. I guess the irony of Mexican history speaks itself.


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Sensual Lady Coyolicatzin of Mexico Tenochtitlan

Pastel drawing I did of Lady Coyolicatzin.

Coyolicatzin was a Mexica Aztec lady that stopped a bloody war. Known in her time for her paler than normal skin.

Stories of old recount that she appeared in the baths of Cocijoeza of Zaachila, whom she convinced the War of Guiengola would end if they were to be married. Not only her sensual physique but her cunning plan convinced Cocijoeza .

So Cocijoeza did accordingly, and asked her hand to his enemies the Mexica in exchange of ceasing hostilities. The Mexica Aztecs agreed, the exhausting Siege of Guiengola ended, and he got to marry this beautiful and intelligent woman. She became a co-ruler at what is now the state of Oaxaca.

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Coyolicatzin (Pelaxilla). Copyright 2009 Miguel Omaña.
Coyolicatzin (Pelaxilla). Copyright 2009 Miguel Omaña.

Coyolicatzin (Pelaxilla). Copyright 2009 Miguel Omaña.

Mexican girl painted portrait

One of the commissions I worked on last weekend.

Oil on white cardboard, 9 x 10.

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I try to bring realism to the painted portraits, but also imprint a part of how I look at people. Like in this case, they tend to commission me these portraits as gifts or mementos. And yet, if I do a photograph-like painting, it would be best if they just put the original photo.

That’s my take on doing this sort of portraits — make it look realistic and yet have the feel you’re looking at a piece of art. Don’t get me wrong, I admire hyper realist artists, it is a feat of creativity what they do. Then again, people want to have a more artsy portrait on their hands. At least that’s what I have sensed and heard from my clients.

What I love is when they give me Carte Blanche, and literally ask me to do it as I would a personal portrait for me.

Mexican girl painted portrait. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña.
Mexican girl painted portrait. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña.

Painting of Norse Goddess Freyja

Portrait I did of Viking goddess Freyja.
Freyja. Oil on wood, 9 x 11.
She is the goddess of love, beauty, sex, death, war, and seiðr (sorcery); leader of the Valkyries.
She is one of the ancient gods of the European indigenous peoples, the Vanir, that after the war against the new gods were defeated, and Freyja survived. Perhaps Freyja could very well be the Great Goddess adored in Eurasia (before there was no God but Goddess).
After the war, Odin acceded to divide the dead in war, therefore half the souls go to her at Fólkvangr and the other half to Odin at Valhalla.
The day Friday is named in her honor.
She possesses the magic necklace Brísingamen forged by the dwarves with amber and precious stones, but to earn the Brisingamen she had to sleep with everyone of the four dwarves. Once the test was passed the necklace gave her great power. Though Loki stole in for a time. Freyja also owns a falcon cape, her symbol.
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If you’re interested in ancient history you may enjoy my novel Till Stars Shut Their Eyes.

All might Viking goddess Freyja. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña.
All might Viking goddess Freyja. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña.

Child portrait – commission

Portrait I painted of a child with a little hat. Oil on paper. Commission artwork based on a cellphone photo the client wanted to have painted. I especially liked this one because the original photo was so blurry and poor quality, and still I managed to obtain the little boy’s features.

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Child with little hat portrait. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña. Child with little hat portrait. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña.

Xonaxi, Zapotec great mother.

Zapotec mother goddess Xonaxi. Oil on wood. 9 x 11.

Portrait I painted of the great Zapotec mother Goddess, Xonaxi. She created — alongside with her husband Cosana — the Earth, the Sun, and mankind.

These manifestations of reality, understood by Western minds as gods and goddesses, were actually the way Ancient Mexicans summed up nature’s phenomena. That is why there was no word for god or goddess in indigenous languages like Zapotec or Nahuatl, but only used for scholarly purposes.

She is considered protector of humans, for we are their sons. Not only Zapotec culture, but many other had and still have this concept of the mother goddess.

As an overseer of fertility, Xonaxi personifies human being’s life cycles. Xonaxi wears the Milky Way galaxy Zapotec glyph as her symbol (below her necklace). A macaw, another of her symbol, is in her headress.

If you like Ancient Mexican history and beliefs, you my enjoy my novel Till Stars Shut Their Eyes.

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Xonaxi painted portrait. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña. Xonaxi painted portrait. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña.