Friday, October 8, 2010
My Interpretation of the Venezuelan Revolution
I am an artist who does not believe in the current revolution of Venezuela
After years of watching Chavez’s regime take over my country of Venezuela, and in protest of his politics and his actions against our people and against democracy, I decided to paint this piece.
Chavez always says he is an admirer and follower of Bolivar. He states he wants to follow Bolivar’s steps towards what Bolivar wanted Venezuela to be: one country, one people, one voice, brothers and sisters all united. However, Chavez’s actions seems to be more radical and far from what Bolivar’s dream was supposed to be.
Chavez has become the oppressor. A totalitarian leader who wants to control every aspect of their life. he wants to control the things they see, the things they hear and the things they believe in. There are few people and few voices who have chosen to fight against this abusive actions of Chavez.
To interpret this painting it is necessary to understand the current situation in Venezuela.
When I think about Chavez and how he quotes Bolivar and uses Bolivar as a symbol of the revolution, I started to think “What would Bolivar think about what Chavez is doing to his country?”
So I imagined the spirit of Bolivar coming down from heaven, riding his white horse, looking at exactly what is happening to his people. The long legs of the white horse represent the elevated status of Bolivar compared to the average citizen. The red mannequins on the ground represent the followers of Chavez and his revolution. Mannequins are just shells of individuals. They are blinded by hatred and they are mindlessly following their leader. The white mannequins are passive-just watching it all happen without taking a stand against the corruption and the rising dictatorship of Chavez.
In protest of the current situation in Venezuela, the white horse is “dumping” on the red ground which represents the color used by Chavez as a symbol of the revolution.
In the sky, the angel on the left side symbolizes the divine presence of God indicating justice will come for those who are oppressing and persecuting those who oppose the regime of Chavez.
The cathedral on the right side is from the city of Maracaibo, in the state of Zulia which represents one of the few states in Venezuela that strongly oppose the current views and politics of Chavez.
Also notice the colors of the flag of Venezuela is present in the entire painting from top to bottom.
I welcome any comments or questions about this painting.