What do the experts say?
The painting is drawn from a bird’s eye view, which turns a noisy Mayan bazaar, with its merchants and buyers, birds and pigs, grains and beans, into a shining ornament. And in this ornament, it’s the figures of those people – adorned colorfully, carrying round, woven gold baskets that look like shining suns from above, and around which the action is happening – which are thus woven into a coherent whole that is permeated by a general rhythm and energy… With the accuracy of the drawing, the structuring of color blots – featuring elements of both realism and relativism – the piece is reminiscent of artwork from Jose Orosco and Diego Rivera, which is based in traditional Mexican art, images and aesthetics from Native American peoples. Angelina Quic Ixtamer fits into this tradition, enriching it with the author’s original point of view.
Halyna Sklyarenko, candidate in Art History
This painting, depicting a Mayan market, is quite a colorful and unusually decorative work thanks to its perspective. After all, this view from above, and concurrent lack of linear perspective, attracts the eye. The scene, the actions taking place on the canvas, unfold through the rhythmic sequencing of colors. It’s as if these color blots are dancing in the proverbial whirlwind of daily routine. The female silhouettes, with round forms on their heads and hands, appear unusual to the human eye because of the perspective, and create the impression of an ornamental surface. This is all underscored by a succulent color scheme that features various warm colors rotating throughout the painting, and are themselves diluted by blue, green and black coloring.
Olena Polovna-Vasilieva, artist, M.F.A., Associate Professor at Oles Honchar Dnipro National University, member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine