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La Fidelidad del Dolor (The Fidelity of Pain), 1991

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“A face, to me, is a metaphor for sadness.” – Luis González Palma

Faces are abundant in Luis González Palma’s work. Underlying the mesmerizing gaze of his anonymous portraits is a desire to give visibility and dignity to Guatemala’s indigenous Maya, who have been subjected to violence, marginalization, and discrimination as a result of the conquest and subsequent colonization by the Spanish beginning in the 16th century. This image is typical of Palma’s early period; however, faces and figures of Maya children and adults are an almost constant presence across his body of work. In speaking about his objectives as an artist, Palma has said, “My interest is to bring people to the same level. I come from a very racist country. The Indians are a marginalized people in Guatemala…” He also incorporates symbolic references to the complexity of contemporary Maya culture’s blending of indigenous and foreign influences, such as the angel wings and lace veil of Catholicism present in this image.

La Fidelidad del Dolor (The Fidelity of Pain)
Artist Life
born 1957
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© Luis González Palma, Courtesy of Schneider Gallery

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