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SYNCRETISM IN MY ARTWORK.

The artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history“.     
Robert Rauschenberg

My work has an expressionist-symbolist style and I use mythologies from eastern and western civilizations. Syncretism is the combination or fusion of different beliefs, philosophies, mythologies, or religions, emphasizing an underlying unity that allows an inclusive approach to other faiths. Syncretism commonly has expressions in art and culture that can join together.

I use Syncretism to develop patterns that reveal how our current culture opens itself into its different art functions to reflect our way of living, hopes, and mistakes. The purpose of my work is to find a way to communicate our history and where we are now so that people can understand that we have choices as to our present and future. Although my style has formal changes depending on the theme I choose, the purpose has not. I will continue to work on my presentation to create a broader understanding to create a better future. The prophecies that are in every mythology, philosophy, or religion will be the same today as they were in ancient times. They become alive when the patterns that created that prophecy are repeated in history. They are a warning, that history will be repeated if the patterns are not acknowledged and behaviors changed. Many of the civilizations that we don’t know anything about today are because they were subjected to a decline that crystallizes in fear and anguish and a profound failure to return to the positive spirit that was in its roots. This is the key, to have the science of the spirit present. My focus is on these patterns.

Luis Ardila.

AN APPROACH TO MY PAINTINGS.

GMO, THE BLIND COMBAT BETWEEN THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR

The combat begins when you ask yourself: Who am I? The greatest act of heroism is having the courage to discover who you are and what you would like to be. That fight is between the conscious and the unconscious, the rational and the irrational. It is violent at times and only saved by those who bet on the joy or bliss of being what one innately craves for oneself. There is man as part of Nature; in consonance with the universe and the Creator. Then there is new humankind created by man without His help. All the mythologies are meant to warn and give advice, but even more, they remain effective and pertinent throughout time if the advice is not followed. People who forget their history tend to repeat the same mistakes and continually pay the same consequences. Nowadays, the ancient myth of the combat between Theseus and the Minotaur evokes the development of GMOs and the desire of making men into docile machines. The practice of modifying the DNA of humans to enhance our bodies to do specific tasks and to obey without protesting becomes our new nature. It is the same as bulls; used as machines in agriculture, eaten as food, and used as offerings to the gods at the altar. On that same roll, mankind is becoming from a subject to object of the offering. We are arriving into a new era where things are interchangeable; animal parts into the human body and the body itself produced in a lab instead of the process nature has given us. The bull is being placed in a new labyrinth to begin a combat between the divine nature and a new hybrid nature created by the man himself.

Luis Ardila.

THE ADVISERS OF POWER.

This work focuses on the rulers exercising power over an extremely large mass of the population. The art of exercising power requires great prudence and it is to be feared that those who allow themselves to be dominated by the drunkenness of their power lack it because it remains purely external and therefore illusory. It is us who grant that right to our leaders, and they are nothing more than puppets of a greater power that remains hidden in the gloom and secrecy. They are Demiurges who, through the Media, hypnotize us and under that effect, we serve as mediums to call and invoke the demons of the Abyss. It is a call to bring the Ragnarok of the Nordics, “Time of Wolves” or the “Destiny of the Powers”. The writings of the past from the Apocalypse, through the writings of the Hindu Vedanta, which prevent us from a possible catastrophic future for whose coming, some are already working hard.

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ARIADNE WEAVING THE THREAD

Ariadne does one of the simplest jobs, weaving to make possible part of the solution to a problem created by the powerful god Neptune and the greed of the king Minos, making the mission of Theseus (the hero) succeed in finding the way out of the labyrinth.

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THE BUFFOON

A buffoon was a popular character around the Middle Ages that can be astute at the same time takes the disguise of being somehow cynical, clumsy, and thunderous. Gifted with a strength of enduring the insults and laughter of others without weakening him/her in its impulse to be a very recursive showman, who knows the reality of the court and mocks the power and at the same time informs those who are interested in the threads of power and how to move them to take advantage of their benefit. That is why on many card games the jester or buffoon is the most important card beyond the king or ace. Catherine of Russia is one of the examples of rulers who have taken power to govern despotically a great multitude and benefits very few. She creates over time a great discontent in the country, ending in the opposite government (communism), and slaughtering her descendants as well as the wealthiest families of that country.

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ICARUS

Icarus, in Greek Mythology, is a character who has the wonderful gift of flying because of the knowledge that his father Daedalus has about the physical laws in Nature. Despite knowing the prohibitions and limitations, Icarus violates the rules and that brings him death. The parachute that protects him is mistakenly placed and its use will cause him to hang himself. Today’s scientific inventions that, in principle, should be used to benefit life are used to extinguish everything on this planet including us as a species. When it is naively claimed that progress in a linear and non-stop mode produces a better world that is handled by very few for their benefit, leads to aberrations and inversion in which greed and tyranny are invoked. The entire planet suffers a punishment from which there may be no subsequent regeneration. Madness is shown by the unbridled animals in a ritual that leads to insanity also a Kamikaze who pushes him in his eagerness to accelerate the tragic end.

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KINICH AHAU THE TIME ACCOUNTANT

Kinich Ahau means the face of the Sun,

Kin = Sun, Ich = Face, Ahau = Lord

He was the keeper of the Sun, as Apollo or Helios but also the God of War. This artwork it’s inspired by the Book of Revelations, but also the mythology of the Mayas and the Egyptians. The Book of Revelation is an apocalyptic prophecy (Revelation.12:1-6). Apocalypse means the revealing of divine mysteries. To Christians, the Sun is the Residence of the Holy Spirit and Jesus is the Incarnation of Light. Maya mythology is mainly concerned with Sun’s childhood and the conflicts leading up to his actual solar transformation. Although specific imagery is used for the path of the Sun, for example, the Sun being carried through the underworld on the shoulders or the chest of its Lord. Hieroglyphically, the Sun god Kinich Ahau is the patron of the day-unit (Kin means Day or Sun). Classic Maya Art is best known for large stucco masks adorning pyramids. Egyptian mythology Horus is Day, Time, and Light and it is the representation of the Sun. In all the mythologies the Sun is the Door to Heaven and the final judgment comes from the power of the Sun (Alfven Waves) and the end of the 5th Race done by the Holy Fire or the return of Lords of the Flame or the Violet Flame.

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NATURE AND HEAVEN CREATING THE NEW HUMAN BEING 

As we transition from one 5th Root Race to the 6th Root Race in the period of Aquarius (the transition covers the next 2500 years), these species factors, such as the physiological functions of the human body, are rapidly responding to the massive alterations that are occurring in the earth body. This means that the collective human blueprint and human bodies are responding to the impending biological evolution that is required as a result of the planet’s structural shift but, it must be done by Nature itself. The current evolutionary pressures are causing (energy to form) anomalies to occur, especially within many environmental and physical factors. This new evolution requires specific physiological adaptations to the genetic changes that are occurring in the human race, in order to acclimate to the new set of conditions and energies that we are being further exposed to, as they are related to the human evolutionary process. Those awakenings now are at the forefront of embodying these adaptations as they are the consciousness bridge spanning into the future birth cycle of the next Root Race of the human species.

Within certain potential timeline cycles, humanity was being spiritually prepared to achieve greater and greater levels of enlightenment and ultimately become fully connected, powerful Multidimensional God Beings of Chrystal design. The core turns into a crystal form, and Galatea (Nature) will produce the changes with the help of Adi Parashakti (Heaven) without the intervention of a group of humans that without the knowledge want to assume the role of God being Demiurges of the new cycle. 

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PHAETHON

Phaethon is a story taken from Greek and Roman Mythology. His father was the sun god Helios (in Greek Mythology) or Apollo (in Roman Mythology). He asked his father for some proof that would demonstrate his relationship with him. When the god promised to allow him whatever he wanted, he insisted on being permitted to drive the sun chariot for a day. Placed in charge of the chariot, he was unable to control the powerful eagles or horses that yank the chariot. The Earth was in danger of being burnt up if he was too near or frozen if he was too far as he did, losing control of the reins so, to prevent more disasters Zeus was forced to strike down the chariot with a thunderbolt killing Phaethon. This story like all stories in different mythologies around the world has moral teaching, and this one is about the skills needed to lead with responsibility and wisdom an extremely great power.

The prophecies written in the sacred books in religion are meant to warn and give advice, but even more, they become effective over time again and again if the advice is not followed. People who forget their history lean towards repeating the same mistakes and pay the consequences.

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THE BATTLE OF THE PARTIES AND THE INTERVENTION OF THE CHERUB

In the scriptures the function of the CHERUB assigned by God is to protect the Tree of Life and the entrance of Paradise, both currently prohibit to mankind. Nowadays the modern science has found numerous secrets without the increasingly closer relationship of illumination and knowledge, but it has not generated in the new scientists the acuity of conscience necessary to direct the investigations. In addition to the risks of physical nature always present on the occasion of an inconsiderate manipulation of the DNA or the unleash of considerable energies locked in the deep structure of matter, the effects of these manipulations on the researchers themselves and, on human populations as a whole, could reveal themselves very harmful even before being discovered by the precariously partial knowledge they have. Science demands prudence which may be feared to be lacking who let themselves be dominated by the drunkenness of their illusory power. The consequences of these errors trying to manipulate the Tree of Life could allow the intervention of the Cherub. 

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ASTREA

Astrea, in ancient Greek religion, is the virgin goddess of justice, she was the last of the immortals to live with humans during the Golden Age, and abandoned the earth during the Iron Age, then she ascended to heaven to become the constellation Virgo. Astrea is associated with the general spirit of renewal of culture occurring at this time, the balance scale in this image is replaced by the remora on her left hand and the fire salamander on her right hand, a symbol of the fight of the opposites and at the end transmutes into a new being that has the best of both contenders. Is an image of hope, it is the summary of a series of struggles and conflicts that are resolved or give way to a new culture that accommodates the elements that have been oppressed, rejected, and held at a disadvantage.

QUEEN CHARLOTTE OF MECKLENBURG IN MACONDO’S WORLD

Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg and Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his Magic Realism. She gives the name to the city where I live, and I mixed her imagery with his novel: “One hundred years of solitude”.

The Queen was part European and part African, that is for most of the Caribbean people a linked to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel with the region, and somehow similar to the races of that part of the world in my mind. Yellow flowers and butterflies, falling from the exuberance of the Tropic. Then in purple, Ursula one of the main characters of the story; Colombia‘s politicians liking the bank’s building (for personal interest on the “country loans”). The queen’s crown has the highest buildings of this city, plenty of trees, and the symbols of gold mining one of the first activities that the people of Charlotte had in the State of North Carolina in the Colony, especially British and Germans who emigrated at that time. 

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AURELIANO BUENDIA AND HIS GOLD FISH

Aureliano Buendia one of the main characters of Garcia Marquez’s novel “One hundred years of solitude”. He’s a shy guy who loved to make fish in gold, jewels for his entertainment. An order from the central government to paint all the houses blue in his town will start a war. He became involved by doing the contrary of what the government wants: painting his own house in red. His mind is filled with monsters by participating in the war.

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THE RE ENCOUNTER OF DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE AND HER NEW PUPPY CERBERUS

Persephone is the daughter of Demeter and Zeus. Demeter is the goddess of the progress of life on the ground (agriculture and harvest). Zeus is the god of Heaven or the upper Sky, and he has given to the Universe order (cosmos). Persephone is extremely curious and, on one of her excursions, is abducted by Hades; god of the underground. The more she explores the underground, the more she likes it. When Persephone rises again to the surface by petition of Zeus, she already wants to be Hades’ wife, but, also misses her mother and the world ruled by her father. Because she has eaten 3 pomegranate seeds while in the underworld, she is bound to return to Hades’ realm for 6 months (autumn and winter) each year: the development of fauna and flora stops until she returns to this world for the other 6 months (spring and summer). 

We, the human beings, are represented as Persephone held between two worlds. One: we are part of nature or the cosmos. The other: wanting to transgress the prohibition of taking the fruit from the Tree of Life. We are reaching an edge of extreme danger where we want to manipulate life itself and where the interests that govern the development of science are economic (to say the least) but, in reality, very dark ambitions cover the whole thing. The ancient Greeks created the semi-gods (born of a god or goddess with a human being) to fight against the monsters created by the demiurges. Nowadays, we have no one to fight for us, but ourselves. What is worse is that all is done in secret and no government gets opposed to science without any ethical or moral barriers.

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CLOTHO, PYTHON, AND THE POISONED FRUIT.

Clotho is the youngest of the Moirai who presided over the destiny of man and is the young aspect of Destiny. Among the three Moirai (Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos) Clotho was in charge of spinning the thread on her spinning wheel and that thread represented human life and her decisions represent the destiny of all people in society. One of the most important missions narrated in Greek mythology is to give Typhoon or Python a poisoned fruit to eat, pretending that it would give him more strength. Python is a monster ally of Chaos and the Titans who will fight against Zeus (he is the personification of Order). By eating the fruit Python loses power and can be defeated by the lightning bolts of Zeus. In Egyptian mythology it is Isis and the serpent is Seth. In Christianity Clotho is represented as the Virgin Mary or the new Eve, defeating the gruesome serpent of paradise to finally put it at her feet, which is the symbol of her surrender. This fruit known as good and evil or Science in the Hebrew Old Testament would empower whoever ate it by opening their eyes to a new reality and equating it to God, achieving the ultimate goal of possessing the fruit of the Tree of Life. The fundamental problem with the fruit is that it is still immature, giving a partial and unbalanced vision of good and evil, what it has done is that science, rather than serving to maintain order in nature, has managed to alter that order and put the planet and its inhabitants in danger of extinction. Those who handle science should have acted with greater prudence when it comes to life itself. Taking the fruit of the Tree of Life without the authorization of Heaven all it does is activate the Cherub and the fire sword that protects it.

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HELEN OF TROY

The people that have had power throughout history from the beginning of time impose their values of what “desired objects” are. It can be a person, an object, or an idea. The desire for these possessions above all considerations frequently brings into world wars and destruction. Helen of Troy is a universal symbol created by the ancient Greeks in an epic poem called the Iliad that expresses a drama linking what greed is or could become.

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THE FISH AS A SYMBOL

The fish is linked to water and, therefore, to the symbol of life, death, rebirth, and fertility. The water is associated with the original chaos before the appearance of light in the universe. Everything that has life comes from the wet principle, the principle from which it also feeds.

At the beginning in Christianity the word ICTUS (fish) “Jesus Christ the Son of God and Savior” – Iesous Cristós Theou Uios Soter-, to make it his secret identifying mark identifies a community that was alive but did not show itself on the surface but in the depths of the catacombs underground where life hardly existed but, it was the site of the soul and the spirit that would give birth to a new life or rebirth on earth.

In astrology, the fish means the beginning of the Age of Pisces. A period of around 2100 years. The circle produced by the astrological constellations moves in the opposite direction to the movement assigned to them in the astrological chart, that is: if from the first Mansion Aries goes to Taurus and then to Gemini and so on. The rotation of the constellations goes from the first Mansion Aries to the twelfth Mansion Pisces and then to the eleventh Mansion Aquarius and so on.

The Fish represents Jesus Christ and the fertility that expands throughout the earth making man be another Christ, redeemed from sin, he is also the food and the living engine in the ocean of creation. The fish is the bearer of gold or light that illuminates the depths of the human soul.

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GANYMEDE TAKEN BY ZEUS TO THE OLYMPUS AS A CUP-BEARER (TRANSITION TO AQUARIUS) 

 Zeus had him granted as the cupbearer to the gods, in Olympus in place of his daughter Hebe who was relieved of her duties as cupbearer upon her marriage to Heracles. Ganymede after his death was transformed into the constellation of Aquarius. That constellation is regent of Air and Waves of all kinds. The Mighty Cup (an antenna) on top of the mountain is a symbol to refer to the object where the gods used to attract Ambrosia for eternal life. For Christians will be the Holy Grail, Graal, or Grazal derives it from Latin gradalis or gradale, cratalis, a derivative of crater which was borrowed from Greek krater a large wine-mixing vessel. 

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BRUNHILDE SURRENDERING TO SIEGFRIED

The Nibelungenlied was written around 1200 in the Middle Ages. It is a Norse epic poem where Siegfried and Brunhilde are two of the main characters. Siegfried masters the art of forging a sword at Mime’s blacksmith workshop. He hears the story of the kingdom of Burgundy, the kings who rule there, as well as Kriemhilde, the beautiful princess of Burgundy. He wants to win her hand in marriage and began a journey through the Woden forest where he encounters all kinds of dangerous creatures. One of these is a dragon that he kills with his Balmung sword and bathes with his blood that makes him invincible except for a spot on his shoulder blade, covered by a falling linden leaf.

Siegfried trespasses the land of the Nibelungs and is attacked by Alberich, King of the Dwarves. Siegfried defeats Alberich, who offers him a net of invisibility and also to make him the richest king on earth in exchange for his life. Then Alberich tries to defeat him but dies in the attempt, and with his dying breath, he curses all inheritors of the treasure and he and his dwarves turn into stone.

Siegfried finally arrives in Burgundy in his new guise as King of twelve kingdoms. A fight breaks out between Siegfried and King Gunther and his adviser Hagen of Tronje, which is interrupted by the appearance of princess Kriemhilde. Hagen asks Siegfried to aid Kriemhilde’s brother, King Gunther, to win the hand of Brunhild, Queen of Iceland. The two men travel to Iceland, where Siegfried fakes to serfdom to Gunther so that he can avoid Brunhilde’s challenge and instead use the net’s power of invisibility to help Gunther beat the powerful Queen in a battle of strength. The men return to Burgundy where Gunther marries Brunhilde and Siegfried marries Kriemhilde.

Brunhilde is not completely defeated. She suspects treachery and refuses to consummate the marriage. Siegfried supersedes Gunther using again the net of invisibility and battles Brunhilde cutting her long hair that gives her the strength in combat, after which she submits to his will. Siegfried leaves and the real Gunther consummates the marriage. 

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ASIA AND PROMETHEUS

Asia and Prometheus In Greek mythology, Prometheus is the son of the Oceanids Asia and the Titan Iapetus. Prometheus is known for his cleverness and for being the hero of humanity. Also seen as the author of the human arts and sciences. He is credited with the creation of humanity from clay, and who defies the gods by stealing fire and giving it to humanity as the base of civilization. Zeus, the ruler of Olympia, punished him to eternal torment for his wrongdoing. Prometheus was bound to Mount Elbrus. An eagle was sent to eat his liver, then his organ would grow back overnight, only to be eaten again the next day. Over time he will be liberated from his chains by Heracles son of Zeus.

Somehow Prometheus personifies the creator of the fourth human race (iron race), the first one (the gold race) was taken to another dimension by the gods. The second (silver race), and the third one (copper race) were eliminated from the earth by the gods, the main reason: people forgot to worship them.

Prometheus is also a tricker in a way that personifies the character of the serpent of Paradise giving the fruit of knowledge. Humans often cannot predict in advance what will happen with all the multiple inventions that are the product of science or technology carried out without the moral and ethical ingredient necessary to avoid causing harm to others or nature itself so, that gift results in a tragedy for our species. He stands as a victim of his generosity with mankind against the willpower of the gods. 

Prometheus had the meaning of the Savior of mankind in this world. The image of Jesus Christ for the first Christians in a culture where Greek mythology is still alive drives similarity to Jesus Christ figure but also some characteristics of Yahweh, God of the Hebrews, in the Genesis written by Moses.  

In the Maya mythology, there are several creations and destructions of mankind created by the gods Kukumax and Huracan, the reason is similar to the Greeks: they did not worship them. It is the third race the one that survives but, no without putting humans a limitation on their way to see and understand the world. As in the Bible, the Popol Vuh narrates that mankind created by the primary gods can see not only things in detail but understand things as a whole so, they limit their vision of what they can see and understand. Adam can see and understand all. More than that, he gives a name to everything that is in Paradise. In both texts, the woman is created after the man’s creation. In Greek mythology, men are created of clay by Perseus but the woman (Pandora) is created by Hephaestus as ordered by Zeus and makes also a box or vessel which contained all the evils of the world and will be open by her.

 In the Popol Vuh, Hun-apu and Ixbalanque will be the twin brothers that will fight against the Lords of Xibalba or the demons of the underworld. They trick the demons several times and by that way, they survive all the challenges, but at some point, the twins are killed and resurrected in a series of transformations, beginning as fish and ending in heaven as the sun and the moon. 

Luis Ardila.