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Painted portrait of a Spanish lady

Painted portrait I did in 2012 with black oil on paper of a Spanish lady.

For custom portraits contact me.

You can check out more portraits I have done since then.

Spanish lady. Copyright 2012 Miguel Omaña.
Spanish lady. Copyright 2012 Miguel Omaña.

Britney Spears painted portrait

Portrait I painted of Britney Spears. Oil on wood. 9 x 10.

For a custom portrait of you or a loved one, please contact me.

Feel free to browse on my other artwork and photography for more examples of what I do.

Britney Spears. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña.
Britney Spears. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña.

Mexican girl photoshoot

Photo I shot a while back with an analog camera CT-3 using 35 mm black and white film, and developed in dark room. My model Gloria.

Gloria. Copyright 2006 Miguel Omaña. Gloria. Copyright 2006 Miguel Omaña.

Mary Magdalene portrait

Mary Magdalene. Graphite on paper. 8 x 11.

Portrait I did based on my own personal idea of what this famous woman of Christianity looked like.

Mary of Magdala was a great woman for Christianity, who has been considered  the 13th disciple of Jesus of Nazareth, according to coptic writings in agnostic gospels. Those same gospels talk about a special relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus of Nazareth far beyond our comprehension. And even when such agnostic gospels talk about care and love between Mary Magdalene and Jesus, they still don’t give the full picture.

As a follower of Jesus, Mary Magdalene became the de facto leader for females. If Jesus was the male leader of the new wave of love, Mary Magdalene was the female leader. Because of so many “Marys” in the new testament, her life will be forever clouded or confused.

Mary Magdalene drawing. Copyright 2009 Miguel Omaña. Mary Magdalene drawing. Copyright 2009 Miguel Omaña.

Girl dressed as Mixtec warrior ruler Ñuñuu

Photo, text, and dress design by Miguel Omaña.

Portrait my model Ximena dressed with the regal military attire of the great warrior ruler. Lady Ñuñuu Dzico Coo Yodzo, who stood up against the imperial aspirations of 8 Deer Jaguar Claw.

Although a ruler, she is considered in the literature as a warrior Queen, Lady Six Monkey.

At a young age, she visited the enigmatic Vehe Kihin cave to seek the favor from her revered ancestors to rule her people. She became ruler of what is now Jaltepec, Oaxaca almost 1,000 years ago.

A violent wedding.

On the way to her wedding, Lady Ñuñuu was ambushed and attacked by political enemies. Two towns in the road rose against her. She and her wedding carriers successfully repelled the attack, winning her military admiration, and thus being condecorated with the Quechquemitl of War.

The Lady wear War.

The quechquemitl is her distinctive garment with which she appears in ancient books and drawings. The quechquemitl is delineated by a chevron-like glyph which is read as “war”. Along with her dress these became her official attire, but also part of her name as written in millenia-long ancient books for posterity.

A jaguar seat — it’s all in the details.

Here, she is seated in her seat of power (equivalent for a throne), as depicted by each ancient codex with a jaguar hide. Such seats were used only by rulers. This was also applied by ancient scribes when writing history, putting rulers above a jaguar seat. These details help us now discern who were rulers of importance, and who were client or lesser rulers. After all, indigenous Ancient Mexico was all about protocol and sophistication — contrary to popular belief. While at that time (11th to 12th century) in England or France royals were very austere and plain (it was way before Spanish customs were introduced into King Henry VIII’s court) in the Oaxaca-Puebla realms of the Mixtec, Zapotecs, and Mixe lived in a sophisticated and courtly manner.

A woman who fought imperialism.

Lady Ñuñuu fought ruler Eight Deer Jaguar Claw’s imperialistic expansion. His men-at-arms sprawled across the Three Mixtec regions (locally known as Las Tres Mixtecas) — from now tourist beaches of Oaxaca to the mountain region and the valley area. No one could stop Eight Deer Jaguar Claw, especially after being anointed with the nose-piercing of power by the Toltecs, perhaps Quetzalcoatl himself. Little did they know what 8 Deer plan’s were. Lady Ñuñuu fought him personally, but was defeated. She along her husband and sons save for one were executed.

8 Deer became the first Yya Canu, meaning ruler of rulers, hence Emperor. Four Wind, Ñuñuu’s only surviving son avenged her mother many years later, executing 8 Deer and automatically becoming the second Yya Canu.

If you like ancient Mexican history or stories of intrigue you may enjoy my novel Till Stars Shut Their Eyes.

Girl dressed as Mixtec warrior ruler Ñuñuu Dzico Coo Yodzo. Copyright 2013 Miguel Omaña. Girl dressed as Mixtec warrior ruler Ñuñuu Dzico Coo Yodzo. Copyright 2013 Miguel Omaña.

Mexican girl in the barrio.

Unposed street photography I shot of a candid Mexican girl in northern Mexico City metro area.

Beautiful Mexican girl in the barrio. Copyright 2013 Miguel Omaña. Beautiful Mexican girl in the barrio. Copyright 2013 Miguel Omaña.

A girl who spoke her mind

Juana Ines de Asbaje y Ramirez de Santillana. Oil on wood. 9 x 11.

A girl who spoke her mind.

Text and artwork by Miguel Omaña.

Female poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (as we know her today) at 15 years of age (in the year 1666). Famous for her acidic remarks against men, relationships, and gender hurdles still affecting till our times.

A girl who spoke her mind in many languages.

Since a young girl she learned not only Spanish, the official language of the Viceroyalty of New Spain (what is today Mexico and Southwestern United States) but also the classic European languages and Nahuatl (the native language once spoken by the Mexica Aztecs). Perhaps knowing Nahuatl language made her so fascinated about poetry, since it’s a very metaphoric idiom. Her cleverness and keen interest in learning led her to be noticed by the Viceroy’s court in Mexico City.

Scholars were not so thrilled of having a sassy female teenager amonsgt them.

She left the Amecameca area where she grew up, in Panoayan plantation, and headed to the big city. Scholars of the viceroy’s court were not so thrilled to have a sassy female teenager in court just by merits of her intelligence. So she was forced (and probably she agreed to make them look bad) to take a test, plain and simple. Not anyone could enter such a world, academically and socially speaking. The most important scholars of the Americas were not going to give so easy, after all Harvard was just founded some decades ago, and Mexico City was the scholarly powerhouse. But she did pass the exam, actually aced it. Allegedly to celebrate a portrait of her was made, in which I based upon to make my own.

She lived a sumptuous life — but her life were books.

She was welcomed by the viceroys to live at the Viceroyal Palace (today Mexico’s National Palace). As part of the court, the Vicereine (wife of Viceroy) not only took her into her retinue but was delighted by her. For years she lived this sumptuous life in one of the most pompous courts of the world. But she was still not happy. Even when she was surrounded by luxury she wasn’t entirely immersed in books and writing. She truly adored studying, reading and writing. And as courtly politics in 17th century go, she was expected to marry as any fine New Spain upscale damsel would do.

A stern scholar, she became a nun just for the sake of continuing writing.

But she didn’t marry, giving birth to countless stories, theories and mere gossips. Stories will float, but what we know for sure, is that she was a stern scholar. So, in order to continue studying as she wished, she became a nun. Self-secluded in a convent was her perfect life to spend days and nights studying and writing tirelessly. And boy did she wrote! Now known as Sor Juana (her name that would live to posterity) she wrote plays, stories, and poems — many survived many more lost to us now. As sarcastic as she always was in her writings, she focused on females and their sufferings in many matters. One only has to read a stanza, or a writing left by her to realize in amazement what a great feminist she was ahead of her time. In a world way before Tumblr, her writings were not so known in her time (or were suppresed). Nonetheless she was famous, and her fame became as big as the controversies of her personal life.

Poetess, accomplished writer, feminist… and oh-so pretty.

The greatest poetess of the Spanish language in the world. The greatest female writer Mexico ever had. A feminist ahead of her time. So many titles. And knowing Sor Juana perhaps she wouldn’t be so fond of my last description, but she sure was indeed one of the most beautiful writers (and artist for that matter) in history.

Her legacy: An intelligent woman with something to say.

All her life she fought to gain a place for what she was, an intelligent woman with something to say. She dedicated her life for that goal. The fact that you’re reading this, and that now she is revered in the so-called macho-man dominated society of modern Mexico speaks volumes of her accomplishments. And still, many more should know about her legacy. Today she appears in the 200 Mexican pesos bill, and has statues erected all over the State of Mexico, her home state.

If you’re interested in young woman leaving a mark for their accomplishments, you may enjoy my novel Till Stars Shut Their Eyes

Juana Ines de Asbaje, also known as Sor Juana Ines. Copyright 2012 Miguel Omaña. Juana Ines de Asbaje, also known as Sor Juana Ines. Copyright 2012 Miguel Omaña.

Girls showcasing their bodypaint

Street photography I shot of nude girls showcasing their bodypaint in Mexico city, outside the Fine Arts Palace.

Self-censored version. For the original image visit my DeviantArt account.

Body paint is an art where the skin is used as a canvas.

Nude girls showcasing bodypaint. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña
Nude girls showcasing bodypaint. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña