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Yemaya Reina del Mar

Yemaya Reina del Mar

Acrylic on canvas, 2012

Dimensions: 70 x 50 cm / 27 x 19 in

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"Yemaya Queen of the Sea" by Zaida del Rio is a figurative work of art made of acrylics on canvas.

This artwork is characterized by a vivid and energetic use of color and pattern, creating a dense and dynamic visual field. The palette is dominated by blues, yellows, and reds, interspersed with black outlines that give form and definition to the various elements within the composition.

Central to the image appears to be a figure adorned with intricate patterns and details, suggesting regal or divine status, possibly representing Yemaya, a deity from the Yoruba religion, often associated with the sea, motherhood, and fertility. This figure is surrounded by a myriad of abstract shapes and forms that could be interpreted as waves, marine life, or vegetation, further emphasizing the aquatic and nurturing themes associated with Yemaya.

Two prominent fish, detailed with scales and fins, occupy the foreground, reinforcing the connection to water and sea life. Additionally, a statue-like structure in the background could represents an Elegua, the Orisha of opening doors. 

The faces and forms seem to merge with one another, creating a sense of continuity and flow throughout the canvas. This interplay between the figures and the surrounding patterns generates a lively atmosphere, suggesting the movement and rhythm of the sea.

The bottom of the artwork features the title "Yemaya" along with a signature and a date, confirming the cultural and personal significance of the piece to the artist. The overall effect is one of a rich, symbolic narrative, inviting contemplation and interpretation.

Born in Cuba, Zaida del Rio represents an artists of a generation. As a specialist in the figurative style of art she has toured all over the world from France, Florence, Japan, el Cairo and of course Cuba. She is a graduated from Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and has managed to marry the colonial style of Cuban art with a mixture of a European style. 

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