Gonzalo Guerrero “el Renegado” was a Spanish marine who’s ship sunk, resulting in his capture by Mayan peoples. He eventually fell in love with the Mayan culture and renounced his origins, defending the community that rescued him against invaders.
The work bears the figure of a nagual ram, an animal that arrived in the Americas with the conquistadors. The figure has cast off most of its Spanish armor and instead wears a loincloth, Mesoamerican jewelry, and carries a macuahuitl as a weapon, all signifying the adoption of Mesoamerican culture as the foundation of its identity.
This piece serves as an homage to the people who arrived in Mesoamerica then adopted the culture of the native civilizations. The people who started families, business, and new lives in the Americas, all with pride for pre-Hispanic culture and origins.
- Red cedar
- Acrylic paints
- Mercerized cotton
- Sterling silver
- Nickel plate
- Height: 80 cm
- Width: 65 cm
- Depth: 40 cm
- Wood carving: Isaías Jiménez Hernández
- Textiles: Crispina Navarro Gómez
- Silversmithing: Arturo Salgado
- Hammered tin: Tirso Cuevas