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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 38 UNEXPECTED ART FORMS

Painted Tennis Shoes of Mesoamerica

ANUAR ROSALDO AND THE UNITY OF ALL

 

The vectors of ancient Aztec legend, psychic introspection, and Chicano identity meet on top of a white sneaker.

 

Anuar Rosaldo paints each shoe as a personal gift for a friend, drawing from the artistic and spiritual traditions of pre-Columbian Mexico with which he personally identifies.

 

Anuar has represented the four cardinal directions using the traditional colors of Aztec cosmology—red, blue, white, and black—as a nod to the “embedded synesthesia” that existed in many Mesoamerican cultures, in which each color was associated with ...

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