Sacred Bird of Yucatan
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 40x30 in

  • In the Aztec culture, as well as other cultures, a wheel is a symbol of the sun and of time running its usual course.
  • The myth of the Phoenix is the embodiment of the wheel of time turning "full circle."

The artist offers his interpretation of the tragic demise of a great civilization. The painting focuses on a rotating Ferris Wheel in the form of the mythical Phoenix. As often happens, sacrifice and savageness are hidden behind the awe-inspiring appearance of the sacred bird.

With its powerful beauty, the Phoenix beckons onlookers to join in unprecedented adventure and entertainment. But, like Moloch, the ancient Ammonite god to whom parents would sacrifice their children, the Phoenix sucks the naïve and willing into each cabin-like car on the periphery of her reach. Once inside, they remain oblivious to the impending Apocalypse. Had they only paid attention to the mysterious signs (why are the cars all empty?), they could have glimpsed their fate before it was too late. Like the Mayans in Mel Gibson's Apocalypto – they fail to recognize a whole system of signs and symbols that warn of imminent danger.

In 500 years, when the energy of rotation flares up, the Phoenix will stop its fiery dance and collapse in a heap of ashes. The captives could then break free from the confinement of these blue cells. The bird, however, will rise again in all of its seductive splendor, forever continuing to attract unwitting victims. Unsuspecting, they will be charmed by the Phoenix and forget about the future. If only man could follow the meaning of a symbol, he would have a chance to look beyond his own circumstances and recognize the universal pattern, thus gaining spiritual freedom. In the artist's interpretation, this image that traditionally represents the eternal flow of time acquires additional nuances that reflect the constancy of human nature.