Infinitas Gracias: Contemporary Mexican Votive Painting
Book, Vilchis Roque
Infinitas Gracias is the first collection of the work of Alfredo Vilchis Roque, one of Mexico's most famous contemporary painters, and his sons. In the tradition of Catholic votives, each painting tells a miraculous tale and gives thanks to the intervening saint. Ablaze with intense color hearkening back to the natural pigment dyes of ancient Mexico, these works portray the kaleidoscope of issues that constitute modern urban existence. With over 200 paintings, from circus adventures to household accidents to adultery, drugs, and prostitution, Infinitas Gracias weaves together a bizarre tapestry of stories, some disturbing, some comical -- all unerringly wrought and profoundly touching.
Table of contents - Self-portraits - Prosperity - Relationships - Natural Disasters - Parenthood - Accidents - Illness - Prostitution - The Circus - Urban Violence - Emigration - Mexican History - Homosexuality - The World Beyond - Sports - Alcohol - Driving - Religion - Rural Life - Drowning - Drugs and Depression