In the Mixtec culture (an indigenous Mesoamerican culure of Mexico inhabiting the region known as La Mixteca), the grandfather received a place of grandeur in society. As a symbol of wisdom, the grandfather was represented as the god of fire. José Silverio’s work revolves around the classical elements of fire-earth and water-sky cycles within the Mixtec culture. Modern culture and technology have banished the significant role of the grandfather leaving aside his social importance and alienating his value in society. Thus leaving to die our oral history and valuable information transmitted from generation to generation.
|Jose Silverio Herrera Lopez is originally from Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca. Graduated in 2018 from the School of
Plastic and Visual Arts of the (UABJO). His work covers different techniques of engraving, painting and sculpture. His main themes focus on the iconography of Mesoamerican Cultures, Mexican popular culture and its landscape. In 2016, he began to collaborate in the Gabinete Grafico studio and gallery where the art of engraving is promoted, in addition to teach engraving workshops in different communities of the state.
Title. "The Grandfather” (El abuelo). Artist. Jose Silverio Herrera Lopez. Technique. Engraving on linoleum and wood printed on Spanish cotton paper. Measurements. 30 x 44 x in (76 x 112 cm). Year. 2020. Limited edition. 10 copies.