According to a Mexican pre-hispanic legend, we travel to Mictlan (place of the dead) after we die. As we journey through Mictlan, we progress though 9 distinct levels with the aid of a guardian dog named Xolo depicted in the art piece. Other symbols in the piece include the Zenzontle (mockingbird) representing the human soul, the Axolotl (Mexican salamander) representing the confrontation with death itself, and the cactus representing our resilience to live in hostile environments.
|Daniel Hernandez was born in Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca, Mexico. In 2016, he co-founded Gabinete Grafico, an art studio and gallery located in the historic center of the city of Oaxaca. As an emerging artist, Hernández has produced different graphic and mural art projects in conjunction with other artists in Mexico, USA, Spain, Bulgaria. Daniel Hernandez’s graphic art and paintings are inspired by symbolic and cultural values of Mexico.|
Title. "El Guardián” (The Guardian). Artist. Daniel Hernandez. Technique. Engraving on linoleum and wood printed in 4 inks on Spanish cotton paper. Measurements. 44 x 30 in (112 x 76 cm). Year. 2020. Limited edition. 30 copies.